Graphic Novel for Teens

This intensive workshop focuses on the production fundamentals of dynamic graphic novels, such as storyboarding, character development, and narrative dialogue. Building off of students’ individual illustration and drawing styles, the Graphic Novel Weekend Intensive will help students transform their ideas and sketches into fully-realized/completed engaging graphic stories. This workshop will include in-class discussions and critiques to strengthen individual art, design and communication skills.

Upcoming Sessions

CETP 220 F001
Nov 7 + Nov 8
Saturday + Sunday | 10:00am - 4:30pm
Tuition: $254 | 2 sessions

Due to the online nature of the programs this year, students participating in the Graphic Novel weekend intensive will need to have their own access to the hardware and materials required for the course. Students can expect to spend $30-$50 in supplies. The complete list of supplies is included in the Registration Package.

Learning Outcomes

Through successful completion of this studio, you will be able to:

  • Layout graphic novel visual narratives and sequences from rough sketches to finished artwork
  • Design visual and compositional components such as characters, setting or scene, movement and dialogue
  • Analyze and interpret historical and contemporary genres and concepts of graphic novels
  • Use various drawing tools and techniques for the purposes of illustrating a graphic novel.

About the Instructor

Joni Taylor is an artist / illustrator / writer, whose work is deeply informed by the eclectic influences of MAD Magazine (from the 70s, now known as Classic Mad), SNL (Roseanne Roseannadanna), the chaotic satirical work of Ralph Steadman, and the dynamic duo of Roald Dahl— whose characters and plots are always a little on the naughty side, and Quentin Blake — whose illustrations are decidedly quirky.

Passionate about the plight of the underdog (takes one to know one), Joni’s subjects are those who are unknown and unseen yet have incredible amounts to offer. From feminism to ageism and global warming, Joni feels strongly about setting the record straight — even if it’s just in her own mind. Her work is imbued with her own hyperbolic sense of what’s funny and what’s possible to get away with.