They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Imagine then, how powerful it is to combine pictures and words. Comics have been around since the turn of the 10th century, and contrary to popular belief, they are not just for kids. Many adult themes, such as war, loss, community and triumph have been explored in the pages of comics and graphic novels.
In this workshop, participants will learn how to lay out a comic page (or more) to tell a story using words and art. Don’t feel like a storyteller? Dip back into your life’s experiences and you may surprise yourself. An old photo album or letters from a friend can provide a wealth of inspirational material. Not a “great artist”? That doesn’t matter either. In this class, we will focus on the thumbnail stage, that step in which you get your ideas out of your head and down on paper. As long as you know what you put down, that’s all that matters. You can later use it as a map to apply whatever art style you are most comfortable with, whether that be drawing, collage, painting, you name it. This is the blueprint stage.
Paper - any kind will do
Pencil or Pen - whichever your are most comfortable using
Inspiration - this can be photos, letters, emails, books…. Anything that gets those storytelling juices flowing
About the artist and instructor, Adri Norris:
At an early age, I knew I wanted to be an artist. Throughout all my life's changes, moving from Barbados to New York, to New Mexico, then joining the Marines, art was the one thing that persisted. I was raised to be a leader, to see myself as someone who could help people and improve lives.
It was only in the last few years that I figured out how I would do that. The Women Behaving Badly series was born out of a desire to educate people about women from the past. Their stories have been lost over time and this loss is a disservice to those women, to the women and girls living now and to society as a whole. Sharing these stories through my art inspires young girls with role models they’ve never seen before. These stories make adults think more about what they have and what they have yet to gain by listening to the voices of the unheard.
I feel as though I am at the beginning of my journey. My list of women numbers in the hundreds and I have barely scratched the surface. I intend to be in it for the long haul.
About this series:
Art After Noon brings professional artists from throughout Colorado into your own home through Zoom to teach art and provide engaging, unique experiences. Designed specifically for people age 50+, these drop-in classes will inspire creativity and connection and will help you build artistic skills, all by using materials that you can find in your pantry or cabinets. Over the course of this series, we will explore printmaking, watercolor, collage, and other multi-media art forms. Each class is designed as a standalone experience -- come to as few or as many as you like. You must register for each one individually.
Please register below. If you have questions or need help registering, contact Amy DelPo at email@example.com.
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