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Re: AEN hs rant - a class on cliches


Date: Mon Mar 01 2004 - 12:17:47 PST

In a message dated 3/1/2004 1:46:08 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
> Character artist is a legitamate art field that takes a lot > of training and > dedication, and only the best of the best get hired.>>
In a choice classroom students who wish to explore this are given information on skills necessary to do this sort of work. It is only a step to have them move on to creating their own characters. Certainly this is something which really engages some students.(the fact that it is not MY interest is not of any consequence) By the way, today my second grade classes had a demo on comic art, starting with part of the BEHIND THE SCENES clip of Matt Groening making a nine panel strip. I fast forward through part of it which is not appropriate, but it is the most fabulous intro to comic panels I could ever fit into four minutes. I have sheets of one, two, four and six panel paper available. Comic art attracts many of my students who are not interested in the "fine art" parts of my course. Comic artists need to practice with mannequins, study how to show action, etc.and how to make characters move through time and space. There is a ton of skills which must be covered with older students. For upper grade stude
nts try THE ART OF COMICS, author I can't remember. It is written in the form of a graphic novel and incredibly deep--more good information than you will ever need.Including a discussion of icons and symbols which could take the sun in the corner people further along in their thinking... Also, high school students should be reading Art Speigleman's Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novels Maus I and II.And so on. I talk too much!regards,kathy douglas