Dive deep into the world of comics and art zines! We begin by taking a look at different examples of comics and alternative publications to better understand the techniques of graphic art. Students then develop their own storylines and characters in comic book fashion using pencils and sharpies. After our final drawings are complete, we learn how to transfer, carve and print our illustrations using Soft Kut linoleum blocks. Students print multiple editions of an enlarged comic illustration, and master the art of block printing while also developing their drawing, collage and simple bookbinding skills. We work with bright inks, quality paper and bold taglines to make our comics extra expressive.
Ami Maes is the Founder and Creative Director of HANDMAKERY: A Children’s Art Studio, located in beautiful Carbondale, Colo., which focuses on inspiring, expressing and creating art with children. For the past 20 years, she has instructed workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, and is the recipient of the Mary Ellen Nix Excellence in Art Teaching Award through the Aspen Art Museum. Ami also currently instructs visual arts at the middle school level in Carbondale, Colo.