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Graphic Narrative 1W23

Age Group: 
Teens (17+), Adults

In this course we will be exploring the boundaries of sequential art.

Creating original stories for comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, and any other form of graphic narratives you can dream up. Students are encouraged to bring all variety of drawing styles, from stick figures to Daumier and beyond.

Emphasis in this course is on the way we communicate with sequential image narratives, not on how to draw cartoon characters. We will be exploring the grammar, iconography, symbolism, and the pictograms used by the masters of the comic medium and we will move through the entire process of sequential art story telling from inception to print.

Jerel Dye

Jerel Dye makes drawings, illustrations, books, video and new media performance. His art has appeared in children’s books, comics, animation and exhibitions throughout New England. He is developing his first graphic novel.

Jerel works as Media Arts Manager for Grassroots International and as a freelance illustrator. He earned his BFA at UMass Dartmouth and his MFA at Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

Drawing, Comics, Cartoon, Graphic Narrative
Materials to bring to class:

Sketchbook 9” x 12” or larger


3” x 5” index cards




Other optional materials will be discussed during class