Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Pre-MoCCA Art Festival Class: Summer Intensive Comics Workshop at SVA

Starting the day after Memorial Day, Jessica and I are offering an intensive 2-week class at SVA, the goal of which is to learn how to make comics by writing, drawing, and printing a minicomic in time for the MoCCA Art Festival the weekend of June 6-7. We'll teach in the mornings and afternoons will alternate between open studio time and visits from a group of stellar guest cartoonists: David Mazzucchelli, Becky Cloonan, Tom Hart, Gary Panter, and Kim Deitch! Each will have a three hour session that will be a combination workshop/craft talk/crit.

The roster's filling up fast so sign up sooner rather than later. Info below, registration info here.

Summer Intensive Comics Workshop

Mon.–Fri., May 26–June 5
(begins Tuesday, May 26)
Instructional Hours: Mon.—Fri., 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Studio Hours: Mon.–Fri., 5:00 pm–10:00 pm;
Sat., May 30, 9:00 am–10:00 pm
9 sessions; 6 CEUs; $950

Comics, graphic novels, manga: it seems everyone wants to be a cartoonist these days. Yet comics is a complex medium that requires a grasp of drawing and storytelling as well as an understanding of the various tools and technology to prepare artwork for print. A great way to learn how to make comics is to jump in and make a short, printed comic in only two weeks. This intensive comics workshop is geared toward those intrepid students ready to make the plunge. In daily sessions, we will guide students through the process of making a comic, by presenting activities and short assignments on the basics of cartooning and storytelling as well as advanced topics like inking and reproduction. In addition, several afternoons will feature lectures and critiques with visiting professional cartoonists. The workshop will also include participation in the annual art festival of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) held June 6–7; students will have the opportunity to sell and trade their comics at the premier gathering of independent comic artists and small publishers, literally the day after their comics are finished.

PS If you're looking for other options there are a number of other great classes at SVA this summer, among them two taught by Tom Hart which he talks about here.


sruble said...

Hi Matt,

I've been planning on signing up for this class. Thanks for the reminder. Question about studio hours/homework - is the homework something we'll have to do on site, or is it something that we'll be able to do at home after hours and on the weekend?

Looking forward to the class.

Matt Madden said...

Hi Stephanie,

I'm glad you'll be taking our class. As for homework, there's going to be plenty to do and you can do it at school or at home depending on what works for you. It's called intensive for a reason, so either way, be prepared to make it your top priority for those two weeks.


William Owen said...

Having a day job is the pits.

sruble said...

Thanks Matt. See you in class.

Meredith D. said...

Glad to learn about the SVA classes...I'm going to a 1-week class up at the Center for Cartoon Studies this year but I would love to do an SVA workshop next summer. Do you know of other comics workshops around the country, or a central place to find them?