Ages: 9-11, 12-18, Adult
Course Cost: $120
Manga are Japanese comic books that are renowned for their stylized art, dynamic action and story lines that hook the reader in. Many manga have been turned into popular animated TV shows and films called anime. In this class, students will learn to draw popular anime and manga characters as well as create their own original characters. Students will also learn how to draw chibi characters, which are very cute miniaturized versions of normal manga characters. I will supplement the class with information about notable works in the history of the art form, artists and directors, and aspects of Japanese culture often portrayed in manga and anime. The $20 materials fee covers a sketchbook, mechanical pencils, polymer eraser, and inking pen set. At the end of the semester everyone in the class will submit at least one finished drawing to be displayed on our table at Showcase. This class is a great way to develop hand-eye coordination and discipline. It also encourages children to read, explore and understand aspects of a different culture, and use art as a healthy outlet for creative self-expression.