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of Picture Book Art
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  • Amherst, MA 01002

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Creative Comics

This week, we invite our At Home Art Studio community to explore art inspired by comics. Comics are a fun way to share stories. By creating a sequence of images and combining pictures and text, you can create characters, imagine new places, or tell a story about yourself!

Cartoon drawing with a stick figure taking parts of a square panel apart to turn into a house and sun.

Kate liked the idea of making a cartoon with multiple frames. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be fun! This stick figure person discovered they could use found materials in their own frame to build a new scene. 

Three images of speech and thought bubbles taped next to objects and a cat. An owl pencil holder is saying ?Hoo needs a pencil?? the plant is saying ?Be-leaf in yourself!? and the cat is thinking ?Naptime is great.?

Meg was inspired by the speech and thought bubbles in comics. She decided to add some dialogue around her house for her family to find. For the plant and owl container, she taped the speech bubble to a pencil to hold it in place. Meg also added a thought bubble to the arm of a chair where the cat likes to sleep.  

Two images, one with white paper rectangles on a black background and a paper ant holding a leaf standing on a drawn tree.

To get inspired this week, Sara looked at the pages in her favorite comics. She noticed that each of the pages were organized into rectangles and sometimes other shapes, called panels. After having fun last week making art that moved, she decided to make another artwork where a character moved through the art. Sara began by cutting up a piece of computer paper into rectangles for her panels. Sara had watched a documentary with leaf cutter ants, and thought it would be interesting to follow an ant through its journey back home. 

Two images of a paper ant traveling through different comic panels and taking a hot air balloon to the moon.

Using crayons, she drew a different place on the ant’s journey in each panel, including a tree with leaves, tall grass, a log, and stones. But then she began to wonder whether this ant could go on an imaginary journey into space! She added parts of a hot air balloon, the sky, and the moon. 

Two images of the paper ant holding a leaf and traveling on top of drawn rocks and the moon.

Once she had the settings planned out, she drew her ant on a piece of notebook paper, cut it out, and glued a strip of cardboard to its back so she could move it more easily through the scenes. For the ant to hold onto the cut-paper leaf she made, Sara cut a line into the ant’s head so that the paper could sit in between its antennae.  

After sharing this story with a friend, Sara thought she could keep adding to the story or even change the order of the scenes to make new stories. 

For more ideas on making your own comics, check out these previous blog posts!  

Comic quests with folded paper and moving characters 

Flip books showing characters in motion 

Tunnel books made with layers of paper and a box 

Sequential storytelling using drawing tools and paper 

Storyboarding with stencils and watercolor painting 

We look forward to seeing what you make! 

 

by Sara Ottomano

This entry was posted on Friday, May 29th, 2020 at 10:30 am and is filed under At Home Art Studio, By Meg Nicoll, By Sara Ottomano, Drawing, Mixed Media, Paper. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


The space and programming of The Carle Art Studio is supported by a generous annual sponsorship from Penguin Books For Young Readers.

We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we're excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment:

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials.


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