Hello from South Carolina! : Guest Post by Faculty Aya Kakeda

Hello from South Carolina!
I was invited to an Artist Residency from  at
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville South Carolina.
Thank you to the Museum and also to the
National Endowment for the Arts Foundation for the grant.
The Children’s Museum is having an exhibition called Hello Japan, introducing children to the old traditional as well as new Japanese culture such as Karaoke,
Prikura, Harajyuku Fashion, Manga, Anime, etc.
I was invited to do four workshops and an artist talk during this residency.
My workshop was about a simple way to make characters. It was fantastic to work with kids (and adults) during the workshop.
They were amazing once they got the “how to” part down-
they really got into it and created many of their own characters.
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Here is a link to a TV show that museum president Nancy Halverson and I were invited to. You can see the exhibition here and very small part of what I did at the workshop.
You can see more of Aya’s work here.

As promised…

What a day we had this past Saturday! Our newly conferred MFA in Illustration students, grads now, delivered a workshop to junior year students from the High School of Art and Design in New York City, in partnership with the Society of Illustrators in NY. Professor Anelle Miller, who is also the Executive Director of the Society of Illustrators and Chair Melanie Reim, worked with the FIT students to develop the workshop.

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Our FIT grads were fantastic teachers, ushering over twenty students though an afternoon of visual storytelling and explorations of media that included clay to make 3D characters, printmaking, color paintings, experiments with black ink and collage. The high school students blew us away. They are super talented, imaginative, smart and were all a pleasure to work with. They created amazing stories and characters. We all had such a fun day!

This program is a complement to the Visual Thesis Exhibition in Gallery FIT at the Museum at FIT. The exhibit will be up through July 3- so do not miss it!

 

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Guest Post: Margo Dabaie, MFA ’13, Paying it Forward with Comics

Earlier this month, I had the unique experience of being invited to teach students from the High School of Art and Design about the fundamentals of comic-making. It was a workshop held in conjunction with Will Eisner Week (http://www.willeisnerweek.com/) at the Society of Illustrators in New York.

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N. Stephen Harris, two cartoonists whose works and careers are quite different from mine. We meant it this way, so that we could highlight our unique paths as ways for the students to eventually get their comics work published. Since the students were coming from a magnet art school, we knew they would already know how to draw technically and wanted to challenge them with the storytelling aspects of comics.
After brief introductions by Danny Fingeroth—who discussed Will Eisner’s biography, accomplishments, and how Eisner’s life culminated into a weeklong celebration of comics—and by each of us to give an idea of the kind of work we did, we dove into the hands-on part of the workshop. As a warm-up, we had the students work on comic jams. They split into pairs, made tiny, blank books out of single sheets of paper, and worked on comics together, one page at a time at two minutes per page before passing the book to their partner—sort of like a comics version of Exquisite Corpse. The resulting comics are almost invariably goofy and the students got a kick out of them. But the exercise also helps with drawing loosely and prioritizing the comics style of pacing more than the end product looking beautiful. As a bonus, they also now know how to make a very inexpensive mini-comic out of a single sheet of paper.
We then asked the students to design a character onto a model sheet we supplied and segued into creating a fully completed one-page comic with panel templates. We emphasized thinking of characters that weren’t too complicated. It’s easy to forget sometimes how comics require you to draw the same character over and over!
Watching the students work on their own projects and talking about them was the funnest part for me.

nosO5tZ4xFgCL31X3I1na_MgoqKhdrVvton0dcv2nfMI loved hearing the stories they had in mind because they were always really ornate and involved (I definitely had to drop some gentle reminders that there’s only one page to work with!). It was clear the students were fans of comics and were excited to make work. We had this opportunity to talk more informally with the students as well, and some were very interested in the paths we had taken as artists. It was great to be able to discuss what steps they might take after high school. They also knew their drawing chops and I got to appreciate that!
We’re glad we were able to take the opportunity to impart any information that could help the students in their future art careers; I got to enjoy their energy and innovation.

Thank you, Margo! We are really proud of you!–Melanie

School is not holding her back: Workshop with Maria Carluccio MFA’16

We do not know how she does it, but here is Maria, freelancing, writing her thesis, attending classes, school work, personal life AND, check this out- delivering a workshop!

This will be a real treat- we are so happy to others know you and recognize what we know about you, Maria! Good luck!!!

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Children’s Book Author Workshop
A one-day workshop led by author/illustrator Maria Carluccio.
September 28, 2014
This workshop is designed to nurture and guide each person to tell his or  her own individual story. Students are invited to bring stories to  class or they can work on a new story with Maria’s guidance. The class is an extensive overview of the process of children’s books from ideation to finished proposals. We will also  partake in exercises and demonstrations created to encourage experimentation with storytelling. By the end of the workshop each  student will have developed a story of their choosing plus we will  review strategies and resources used to present work to publishers and  agents. *If the student is interested in sketching page layouts and/or color art they will get feedback and guidance in that area as well.  http://curiousonhudson.com/class-details.php?id=291