Attention children of earth! Your mission is to help mankind by drawing comics! Yes, society needs you! Do you have what it takes? Do you like to draw? Do your parents need a break every week? If so, then this Kids Comic Workshop is for you!
AGES 6-7, ANY SKILL LEVEL
Three Week Course ($30 per child) – One hour each week
Also Available: As an AFTER SCHOOL / HOMESCHOOL class.
This Junior workshop introduces kids to the basics of comic creation. Simple facial expressions, speech bubbles, understanding characters, storytelling, drawing one panel comics and finally their own mini comic book creation! There is also fun activities as well!
AGES 8-11, ANY SKILL LEVEL
Six Week Course ($60 per child) – One hour each week
Also Available: As a three week AFTER SCHOOL / HOMESCHOOL class ($30 per child) and an one hour intro class for GROUP EVENTS. ($10 per child). Private one on one is available for the three week condensed class ($60).
This Beginner workshop teaches kids the comic process in more depth. They’ll learn detailed facial expressions, more kinds of speech bubbles, character design, motion lines, sound effects, panel layout, writing stories, and finally drawing a single, three panel, and six panel comic of their very own. There will also be fun activities like Crazy Characters and Comic Jam too!
PREREQ: BEGINNER KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP 6 WEEK
-or- be 12+ years old.
Six Week Course ($80 per child) – One Hour Each Week
This Advanced workshop is aimed for older kids and goes even deeper in the comic making process. They will learn even more in depth character design, script writing, drawing techniques, shading, professional level speech bubbles, shot composition, panel layout and flow, thumbnailing, and a 4-6 page comic book as a final project.
CURRENT CLASS SCHEDULE
ADVANCED KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP
JUNIOR KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE KIDS COMIC WORKSHOPS
The Comic Workshops are designed so that things taught are built upon each other from one week to the next, so walk ins for any individual week are not permitted.
I have a three week JUNIOR KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP that is specific to 6-7 year olds, so they should take that before attempting the BEGINNER workshop. Now having said that, if they did take the Junior class and are 7 years old, I will definitely consider letting them into the Beginners class, but I wouldn’t go below that age as a lot of what I teach in this class will go over the 6 year olds heads.
Sure but I wouldn’t go older than 13 as some of what I teach in the Beginner class may be beneath their skill level. Having 11 years old as the cut off is really arbitrary and is based on the range I think would get the most out of this course. If you feel your kid will benefit from learning the basics then by all means sign up, but I also have an ADVANCED KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP that is for 12+ that may be more their speed.
The prerequisite to take the ADVANCED KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP is to either be 12+ years old OR have taken the 8-11 year old six week BEGINNERS comic workshop.
I also teach an one hour introductory class that lightly goes over topics covered in the full course. I normally don’t schedule this, however, so if you are interested, please CONTACT me! This is great for group events!
GENERAL CLASS QUESTIONS
Space is often limited so I prefer you sign up online to reserve your slot. There may not be any seats left if you walk in the day of. If you still want to do this, please make sure to check the class information on this site as I will say if walk ins are allowed or not for a particular class.
Sign up anyway and I will add you to the wait list in case someone drops out. If enough people sign the wait list then I will get another class going ASAP!
I use SQUARE for all credit card transactions. It’s just like Paypal (but better) and is perfectly secure! I will also accept cash only on the first day of the course. (exact change please.) No checks please! The course must be paid in full before it begins or right at the start of the first class. No late payments will be accepted!
You do not have to stay. When you register there will be space for an emergency contact number in case I need to get a hold of you. Just keep your phone handy and make sure to get back when the class ends!
Yes but it depends on the need. My son has high functioning autism, so I am more versed in the autistic world than anything else. If the child has more severe needs, then the parent or guardian must be present with the child to help them through class because I won’t be able to devote a lot of time to individual children. You can leave me a note during registration about the needs of your child.
No refunds will be given for weeks missed, sorry.
In the event that I am sick or some other situation comes up and I cannot conduct class that day, I will first try to reschedule the class, if that does not succeed then you WILL get reimbursed for the class missed.
No I won’t, but from time to time I will send out an email to everyone because of various things that may come up within the class.
I’ve been an artist almost my entire life, but since 2010 I’ve focused my artistic skills on creating comic books. I am the creator of three kid friendly comics, FRIK (10+), HOLES IN IT (ALL AGES), and THE NORMLINGS (ALL AGES), and for a couple of years I’ve sold these comics ONLINE and at comic conventions around the Midwest.
This teaching path I am currently on started in April 2015 when I was asked to teach a basic primitive version of my BEGINNER KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP to four 3rd grade classes at my son’s elementary school during art class. Since that time I’ve expanded and refined the course and have been teaching it on my own ever since!
That depends on the class. For anything shorter than six weeks your child will bring things home every week. With the six week courses, often times I will keep most of each week’s work, but give it back at the end of the course in a presentation binder along with an award certificate so your child has a keepsake from the class.
For the KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP, it happens just once. Sometime between week four and five they have to work on a story script for their final six panel comic at the end of the course. For all other classes I teach, there is no homework.
I would love to! If you know of a teaching space that’s cheap (or free) in the St. Louis area, please CONTACT me and let me know! Unfortunately public libraries don’t like that I’m getting paid for classes, so they won’t allow me to teach there. (at least in terms of renting a room out. I can still walk in and find a side table and teach and they wouldn’t know any better.)
NO! All supplies are covered in the cost of class!
Please let me know at drop off or email the night before and I will write their contact info down. Thanks!
Did I miss a question? Please CONTACT ME if there’s something I didn’t cover! Thanks!