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Graphic Narrative 1W24

Age Group: 
Teens (17+), Adults

You can register for this class starting November 15. 

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 has illustrated two graphic novels; Pigs Might Fly in 2017, and Einstein in 2022, listed as one of the top 10 graphic novels of the year by ALA Booklist. He has been creating art and comics since 2005, producing dozens of self-published mini comics and creating comics stories for anthologies such as Inbound, Minimum Paige, Hellbound, and the award winning Little Nemo/Winsor McCay tribute Dream Another Dream. In 2012, he received the MICE comics grant for his mini-comic From the Clouds.

Much of his art stems from a deep interest in science and technology, though it frequently contains a healthy dose of wonder. Jerel Dye received his BFA from UMass Dartmouth in Painting, and his MFA at MassArt in the Studio for Interrelated Media. Jerel has been teaching courses in comics, drawing, and cartooning for over 12 years.

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