I’m very excited to be teaching two courses this Fall at the Visual Arts Centre in Westmount: “Initiation à l’illustration/Introduction to Illustration” on Thursday mornings from 10am-1pm and “La bande dessinée et le roman graphique/Comics and the Graphic Novel” on Thursday evenings from 7pm-10pm. Classes begin on September 27 and go for 12 weeks. They will be taught in both English and French. Here are the two brief course descriptions that can be found on the VAC Fall/Winter program:
Initiation à l’illustration/Introduction to Illustration
Begin your exploration by illustrating a simple phrase or poem, and progress toward a more involved comic or graphic project. Learn basic skills of illustration, from initial sketch and design, to addition of ink, line, wash, and watercolour. A unique voice and style emerge as you see your own stories come to life on paper. No experience in writing or drawing is required. Materials include ink, watercolour, charcoal, etc.
La bande-dessinée et le roman graphique/Comics and the Graphic Novel
The graphic novel applies the traditional visual and narrative devices of comics to book-length works featuring nuanced characters and richly developed plot lines. In addition to learning comics-making skills, students will be introduced to the specific considerations that go into more ambitious, long-term projects. Topics include character development, narrative arcs, dialogues, world building, and the fostering of a personalized visual style. No writing or drawing experience required.
Registration for courses at VAC is now open! For more details and/or to download their full Spring/Summer program, go to https://www.visualartscentre.ca/register/?focus=Beaux-arts%2FFine+Arts