Fiona Smyth, I AM HERE mural, 2021.

Fiona Smyth, I AM HERE, 2021. Ink on paper and digital drawing. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ontario. © Fiona Smyth

Introduction to Comics: I AM HERE (11-13 yrs.) Intensive

The class will take special note of a key idea or approach by local artist Fiona Smyth, and the artwork she has created for the exhibition, I AM HERE: Home Movies and Everyday Masterpieces. Learn the art of drawing, storyboarding and character development in this in person course. Students will work on storyboards, flip books, trading cards, and other projects. Have fun exploring these unique and playful art forms. Students will discover their own voice and narrative through 'on the spot' discussion and review of even the smallest details. 

All materials for this course are supplied by the AGO.

This course meets in the Dr. Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School.

For the 2022 summer season, classes held in the Gallery School are limited to a maximum of 38 people at any given time (2 classes simultaneously, maximum of 15 students per class, plus staff). 

Every season, we offer projects inspired by artworks in the AGO Collection, including new acquisitions as well as special exhibitions where indicated. Instructors also develop personalized approaches to their teaching techniques focused on student interests and needs. Students are encouraged to discuss their learning goals with their instructor.

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Day 1: Words, characters, and backgrounds

Day 2: Heads and dialogue boxes

Day 3: Sound effects 

Day 4: Interior spaces


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