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Lesson Plans


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Wed, 30 Sep 1998 21:18:21 EDT

I did a unit on storytelling in art which culminated in a comic strip.
The strip was to focus more on a story than on a punchline; in short, an
adventure strip, like Flash Gordon, Prince Valient, etc. That way the students
were able to choose to do a very realistic looking strip or one that had a
more cartoony edge to it let alone worry about making a joke (though some
still did).
I empahasized shading and contrast (we only worked in black and white),
different "camera angles" between panels, and panels of different shapes and
sizes. With some pushing, all of the students made quite good or excellent
strips; about half of them did something realistic and half of them did
something cartoonish.
We did study a number of different comic artists and talked about the styles
they used (eg "Bigfoot" style, realistc, cartoonish...) I think we looked at
Al Williamson, Herge', and someone else who's name eludes me.