Student drawing a comic

Introduction to Comics

Have fun with comics and cartooning. Inspired by comic genres ranging from surreal psychedelic to autobiographic graphic medicine, you’ll enjoy a variety of exercises and create a mini-zine by the workshop's end. Materials for the first class are provided. You’ll receive a list of materials required for subsequent classes.

This course meets in the Weston Family Learning Centre.  Must be 18 years or older. Suitable for beginners.

 

Althea  Balmes

Photo by Eloisa Guerrero

Althea Balmes is a multidisciplinary visual storyteller and arts educator. Her visual narratives explores themes and stories of migration, labour and personhood. Her work expands on the decolonial aesthetics of the Filipino diasporic experience. As an arts educator, she takes an anti-oppressive framework to build and deliver arts-based curriculum in visual storytelling and comics with newcomers, youth, 2SLGBTQI+, racialized groups and under-served communities. She started the Comic- Making Workshop + Residency Program (Cup Doodle Project) in 2016 to nurture and provide a creative space for Asian youth interested in telling their stories through comics. Her illustrations and comics have been published in Briarpatch Magazine, Rice Paper Magazine, Our Times Magazine, Carte Blanche, Looseleaf Magazine and by Between the Lines Press. Althea is the other member of Kwentong Bayan Collective.

Members Price
$160.00
Public Price
$220.00

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Art Education Policies

Policies

Please read the following policies when you prepare your registration to AGO Education courses and camps.

  • Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and is limited to space restrictions.
  • Advance registration is recommended for all programs.
  • Registration is confirmed only upon receipt of payment.
  • All registration is subject to availability.
  • All programs, prices and instructors are subject to change without notice.
  • The AGO has the right to remove students from classes. (remove if they are disruptive).

Withdrawals and Refunds

Adult Courses

  • Payment is due in full at time of registration.
  • Customers who withdraw more than 2 weeks prior to the start of the course will be issued a full refund, minus a $2 service fee.
  • Refunds are available in full 5 days before the start of the first class, minus a $2 service fee and a $30 administration fee.
  • For all courses a withdrawal is allowed before the start of the second class, minus a $2 service fee and an $80 administration fee.
  • Withdrawals after the start of the second class are non-refundable.
  • One day workshops are non-refundable.
  • Absence does not constitute a withdrawal.
  • Courses are not transferable.
  • Withdrawal requests must be done by telephone through the Contact Centre at 416-979-6608.

Children and Youth Courses

  • Payment is due in full at time of registration.
  • Refunds are available in full 5 days before the start of the first class, minus a $30 administration fee.
  • For all courses a withdrawal is allowed before the start of the second class, minus an $80 administration fee.
  • Withdrawals after the start of the second class are non-refundable.
  • One day workshops are non-refundable.
  • Absence does not constitute a withdrawal.
  • Courses are not transferable.
  • Withdrawal requests must be done by telephone through the Contact Centre at 416-979-6608.

Camps

  • Payment is due in full at time of registration.
  • Customers who withdraw more than 4 weeks prior to the start date of your child’s camp program will be issued a full refund, minus the $30 administration fee.
  • Withdrawals within 4 weeks of the start date of your child’s camp program are eligible for a 50% refund minus the $30 administration fee.
  • After the start of your child’s camp program, there are no refunds for cancellations.
  • The above policy also applies to extended care and meal plan purchases.
  • Medical exceptions require a doctor’s note at the time of the request.
  • Absence does not constitute a withdrawal.
  • Withdrawal requests must be done by telephone through the Contact Centre at 416-979-6608.
  • Transfer requests will be considered up to 5 business days prior to the start of your child’s camp program.
  • Transfer requests will be considered based on availability within the desired program, and are subject to a $30 administration fee.
  • Transfer requests must be done by telephone through the Contact Centre at 416-979-6608.

Cancellation of Classes

  • To ensure that we are able to run your preferred classes, we recommend that you enroll at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the program.
  • In the event of course cancellation, registrants will be notified 3 days prior to the scheduled commencement of the course and a full refund will be given.

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  • Please call 416-979-6660 ext. 5954 to confirm classes in the event of inclement weather.
  • Students will not be contacted when the school is closed due to weather.
  • Every effort to provide make-up classes will be made but cannot be guaranteed.
  • Refunds will not be given in these rare cases.

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