Ka-Pow! Learn the Art of Comics

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The Art of Comics is a distinct form of writing and illustration. Comics use illustrations to convey a story, an idea, or information. Whether accompanied by text or not, the images in the ‘finished panel’ are not only to be looked at, they are designed to be read. This means actively engaging with the backgrounds, facial expressions, gestures and poses in the drawings. It means developing an appreciation of the sequential techniques used to suggest movement ‘between the panels’ and create atmosphere and suspense. To provide context for each stage in the process a selection of genres and examples from Best Selling authors are deconstructed through textual analysis and group discussion. These include: THE COURT OF OWLS [Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo]. PRISONERS OF THE SUN [Hergé]; THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN Vol 1 [Alan Moore/ Kevin O’Neil]. SIN CITY [Frank Miller]. GRANDVILLE [Bryan Talbot]. NEW FRONTIER [Darwyn Cooke].

Course aim

KA-POW! Learn the Art of Comics! with Eisner Award Nominee Russell Wall. Each session ‘hands on’ practical exercises support students to develop their skills in Concept Design, Pencilling and Inking.

Who is the course for?

- This course is for beginners

What topics will this course cover

- The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning - You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

How will I know I'm making progress?

- A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion - You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor - You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning - A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Reading and information sources

- On Writing Stephen King ISBN 0-340-82046-2 Writing Comics Dennis O'Neil ISBN 0-8230-1027-9 Pencilling Comics Klaus Janson ISBN 10: 0-8230-1028 -7 Colouring And Lettering Comics, Chiarello and Klein ISBN 0-8230- 10-1030-9

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ - Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member - Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation - You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/ - Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Ka-Pow! Learn the Art of Comics Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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