Pen, paper, go! Learn to draw and write comics about yourself, fantasy beings, or anything you want. We'll be looking at graphic novels, comics, and zines from a wide array of artists and doing fun drawing exercises to jumpstart inspiration for your own comix story. The week will end with a showcase and reading of the work created for those who want to participate. No experience necessary!
Ariel Schrag was born in Berkeley, California. She is the author of the novel Adam, and the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential, Likewise, and Part of It. Her work has been nominated for the Eisner Award and Lambda Literary Award. She has written comics and articles for The New York Times Book Review, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, USA Today, and more. Her original art has showed in galleries across North America and Europe.
Jace "Rascal" Smith is a Boston-born, Western-Massachusetts-based comic maker, illustrator,
and educator. Rascal is a graduate of The School Of Visual Arts, NYC (BFA), and the
Massachusetts College Of Art & Design, Boston (MA). Their one-page illustrations and
autobiographical comic stories are inspired by and pull from a lifelong love of pop culture, the
natural world, and the navigation of their queer and trans identities. Rascal has spent the last
decade teaching comics and other art classes to children, showing artwork, and sharing their illustrations and comics online and in print.
Campers will get together with a social justice facilitator during the week to have group conversations. Conversation topics include gender identity and pronoun preferences, anti-racism, current events and social unrest. The conversations are meant to expand our ways of thinking, gain other perspectives on sensitive topics and to practice speaking openly and with respect.
What a typical day might look like
9:00-9:30 Arrive/Circle up
9:30-12:30 Comix Workshop
12:30-2:00 Lunch at McGolrick Park
2:00-3:00 Art Project
3:00-3:30 Guest Speaker
3:30-4:00 Wrap up/Closing circle
"There's really nothing more important for a young person growing up than to have the confidence to make someone laugh."
Jessica Lorenz, parent of camper Audrey, age 10