Graphic Narrative: Telling Stories Through Comics

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Explore the boundaries of sequential art, creating original stories for comic strips, comic books, graphic novels and other forms of graphic narrative. Learn to use your personal drawing style to its best effect. Emphasis will be placed on the way we communicate with sequential image narratives, not on how to draw characters. Explore the grammar, iconography, symbolism, and pictograms used by masters of the medium, and move through the entire process of sequential art storytelling from inception to print. This class will meet at 253 Amory St., Jamaica Plain. Limit 8 students

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Class Size


Age Range


Skill Level

All Levels




Please bring to first class:

  • a sketchbook (any kind)
  • A pad of Bristol board, at least 20 sheets, 11”x 14” or larger
  • scrap paper for testing pens, etc.
  • pencils (any kind)
  • eraser
  • glass jar for water
  • paper towels or rags

Additional supplies to be discussed in class; you may purchase in advance or wait until class discussion:

  • Acrylic ink, one jar black, one jar white (any brand)
  • Artist's drawing pens: Prismacolor or Micron brand recommended
  • Sable brushes, at least one small round and one fill brush
  • We will also discuss additional optional materials for ‘inking.’

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost


Section 1: 6 Mondays, 6:30–9:30pm
1S: Jun 4–July 9, 2018
Instructor: Jerel Dye


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