ONLINE WORKSHOPS

 

 

We are so excited to announce the 2021 Comics Classroom workshops! This year, due to health restrictions, all of our workshops will be held online via Zoom. To participate in workshops, you will need to sign up for a free Zoom account beforehand.

Participation is free, but you must register to secure a spot because space is limited. To register, click on the title of the workshop you wish to attend and sign-up through Eventbrite.

Our workshops are open to everyone, but we ask that you evaluate your own skill level based on the descriptions of the workshops. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at info@vancaf.com.

This workshop series is in partnership with Capilano University, with support from the BC Arts Council, Creative BC, BC Gaming Commission, and the City of Vancouver. 

Workshop list:

– May 22nd @ 11am: Drawing Comics Badly, On Purpose (LINK)

– May 22nd @ 2pm: Small Press Publishing & DIY (LINK)

– May 23rd @ 11am: Warm Up, Chill Out (LINK)

– May 23rd @ 2pm: Adding Pop-Up Elements to Your Comics (LINK)

 

Drawing Comics Badly, On Purpose

REGISTER HERE (LINK)

As an amateur trying to get into comics, I remember feeling like there were an incredible amount of “rules” when it comes to actually drawing comics. Though these rules are only conventions, they can be an unnecessary barrier to making comics. In reality, comics can be as simple as placing two images next to each other; your mind fills in the blanks! In “Drawing Comics “Badly”, On Purpose” we will put these conventions to the test by running through a few conventions and trying our best to do the exact opposite, in order to highlight the fluidity, openness, and fun of drawing comics.

Materials needed: Drawing materials (sketchbook, tablet, pencil – whatever!)

About Adam:

Adam de Souza is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Vancouver. He has self published numerous comics and recently received two Doug Wright Award nominations for issue 2 of his comic series “A Gleaming”. He has illustrated the forthcoming children’s book “The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers” which will be released this fall.

Header graphic design by Galaxia Wu.

Small Press Publishing & DIY: From Concept to Finished with Old Growth Press

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Join Cleopatria Peterson, Multidisciplinary Artist, Cartoonist and Co-Founder of Old Growth Press as they take you through the process of creating a book from concept, rough draft, final files, to print. We will be focusing on layout design using InDesign and providing advice on printing and file setup so you can learn the skills to disseminate your own publications into the world.

Participants will receive a PDF package that covers everything discussed and the opportunity to follow along with provided files using InDesign and Photoshop. If you don’t have these programs don’t feel discouraged, you will learn skills that are transferable to other programs!

About Cleopatria (they/them):

is an illustrator, storyteller, and prolific zine-maker based in Toronto, Canada. They graduated from Ryerson University’s Fashion Communication program and are the medal winner for Cross-Disciplinary Arts: Publications at OCAD. Their work focuses on themes of nature, healing trauma and community. They are the co-founder of Old Growth Press and are determined to change the publishing landscape.

Header graphic design by Galaxia Wu.

Warm Up, Chill Out with Lily Snowden-Fine

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I often am too self-critical and get hung up on details when I begin a new project, which can end up hindering my creativity. In order to get out of my head and practice loosening up, I’ve gathered a few trusty exercises that kick-start my day more positively. In this workshop we will explore the benefits of play, experimentation and imperfection as inspiration for new ideas. About Lily: Lily Snowden-Fine is an illustrator and multi-disciplinary artist living in Vancouver. Since studying at the Ontario College of Art and Design, she has illustrated six children’s books with publishers Thames and Hudson, Penguin Random House, Owl Kids, and Running The Goat Books and Broadsides. Her other clients include the New York Times, the Globe and Mail and Soho House London.

About Lily:

Lily Snowden-Fine is an illustrator and multi-disciplinary artist living in Vancouver. Since studying at the Ontario College of Art and Design, she has illustrated six children’s books with publishers Thames and Hudson, Penguin Random House, Owl Kids, and Running The Goat Books and Broadsides. Her other clients include the New York Times, the Globe and Mail and Soho House London.

Adding 3D Pop-Ups to Your Comics

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Three-dimensional pop-up books have become increasingly popular as both adult and children’s books. This workshop will introduce students to the fascinating intricacies of 3-dimensional pop-ups through some basic designs. Students will learn to create their unique pop-ups incorporating elements of surprise and humour while learning a variety of techniques, formats and designs.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE PDFs AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. Thanks!

Basic Supplies/Materials:

– self healing mat or cutting board (something to protect your work surface)

– x-acto knife

– scissors

– pencil, eraser

– Sharpie or any marker, any colour

– ruler (metal, cork backed preferred, but any ruler will do)

– butter knife

– PVA glue or basic white glue

– brush for applying glue

– 12 or more sheets of cover stock paper, any colours

Optional (not necessary, but can be helpful):

– Green painters tape

– 1 sheet of carbon paper

Marlene has created a music playlist for all the participants to listen at their leisure! The exercises in this workshop are inspired by Jarvis Cocker: https://music.apple.com/ca/playlist/pop-up-book-vancaf/pl.u-XkD0vNJtZaKyAD

About Marlene:

Marlene Yuen is a Vancouver-based artist who received her Bachelor’s of Studio Arts in 1998 from the University of British Columbia. Marlene has exhibited at galleries, artist-run centres, and cultural events in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Japan. Although she is a multidisciplinary artist, her current focus is on handmade books; her artist books have been retained in special collections nationally and internationally.

Header graphic design by Galaxia Wu.

PDF templates from Paper Engineering by Mark Hiner, 2006.