Graphic Novel Class-Palo Alto Art Center

A new weekly Graphic novel class for adults (16 years and over) at the Palo Alto Art Center. Winter 2013

A new weekly Graphic novel class for adults (16 years and over) at the Palo Alto Art Center. Winter 2013

I’ll be teaching a weekly graphic novel class for adults at the Palo Alto Art Center, starting in February 2013. Students 16 years and older are welcomed.

Develop your appreciation for the world of graphic novels.

Graphic novels offer a unique and exciting way of telling stories, combining sequential art and writing techniques. In this class, we will explore the work of graphic memoir authors like Art Spiegelman (Pulitzer-prize winning Maus) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis).

Get a practical introduction to the art of graphic novels

This will lead to a practical introduction to the step-by-step techniques of comic book art, from thumbnailing, to penciling, inking and finally, coloring.

Develop your own unique story

Students will start developing their own story in the style of their choice. Do you want to preserve the memory of the significant moments in your life, in a special and exciting new way? Start writing a graphic memoir. Or maybe you have a great idea for a work of fiction?

No special background required

Don’t worry! You don’t need any background in art or in literature! Just come with your stories (funny or sad), your special memories, or your personal reflections on life . Start writing your own graphic novel in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

When? Tuesday nights, 7 to 9 PM. February 5 to March 13.

Where? Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Registration? Register online or in person at the Palo Alto Art Center.

Registration starts Nov. 30 for Palo Alto residents and Dec. 7 for non-residents.

Information? Art Center (650) 329-2366 OR

Send me your questions by email

 

Graphic Memoir Workshop in San Francisco. Register now!

A Graphic memoir workshop with Danièle Archambault. Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.

Everybody has a story to tell! Graphic Memoir workshop on October 21 and 28!

Description

Over the course of two afternoons, this graphic memoir workshop will introduce you to the art of preserving the significant moments in your life in a new and exciting way.

First, we will explore the work of graphic memoir authors like Art Spiegelman (Pulitzer-prize winningMaus) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis). This will lead to a practical introduction to this rich form of storytelling, which combines visual and writing techniques. You will then start developing your own unique story in your own personal style.

Don’t worry! You don’t need to have a background or special talent in art or in literature! Just come with your stories (funny or sad), your special memories, or your personal reflections on life.

This workshop is for beginners to advanced students.

When: Sunday, October 21 and Sunday 28, 1 to 4 pm

Where: Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Number: Maximum 12 students.

Minimum age: 18 years old

Price: $50 general; $40 CAM members.

Registration: Advance enrollment for this class is required. Please visit this website for ticketing: http://guestlistapp.com/events/124527

 

 

Save the dates! Graphic memoir workshop at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco on Sunday, October 21 and 28!

Graphic memoir workshops at the Cartoon Art Museum. Save the dates!

Over the course of two afternoons, this graphic memoir workshop will introduce you to the art of preserving the significant moments in your life in a new and exciting way.

First, we will explore the work of graphic memoir authors like Art Spiegelman (Pulitzer-prize winning Maus) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis). This will lead to a practical introduction to this rich form of storytelling, which combines visual and writing techniques. You will then start developing your own unique story in own your personal style.

Don’t worry! You don’t need to have a background or special talent in art or in literature! Just come with your stories (funny or sad), your special memories, or your personal reflections on life.

When: Sunday, October 21 and 28, 2012, from 1 to 4 PM.

Where: Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Age: 18 years old and over. (Please note that registration is limited to 12   participants)

Instructor: Danièle Archambault, Ph.D.

Save the dates! Registration will open soon. 

A picture of the inking process for one of the Quebec-California pages. Danièle Archambault

Inking a new page’s panel of the Québec-California series.

 

 

 

 

A Graphic Memoir Workshop at the Cartoon Art Museum, this Sunday from 1 to 4 PM.

Everybody has a story to tell!

Register right now for the Graphic Memoir Workshop this Sunday, from 1 to 4 PM


Graphic Memoir Workshop by Danièle Archambault

A practical introduction to the world of graphic memoirs!

Do you want to preserve the memory of the significant moments in your life, in a special and exciting new way? This inspiring workshop is for you!

During a three-hours session, you will have the opportunity to develop your own one-page graphic memoir about a chosen moment of your life, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

We will  first look at the work of graphic memoir authors like Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and  Art Spiegelman (Maus) then you will get a practical introduction  to the techniques of comic book art. You will then start developing your own unique story in your personal style.

Don’t worry! You really don’t need to have a background or special talent in art or in literature!  Just come with your stories (funny or sad), your special memories or your personal reflections on life.

When: Sunday, May 20th from 1 to 4 PM

Where: Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Cost: $30 for members. $40 for non-members

Instructor: Danièle Archambault, Ph.D.

Registration: http://guestlistapp.com/events/103386

Age: 18 years old and over. (Please note that registration is limited to 10 participants!)

 

A Graphic Memoir Workshop at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco!

Everybody has a story to tell!

Meet me at the Cartoon Art Museum  in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon, May 20!


Graphic Memoir Workshop by Danièle Archambault. Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.

This Graphic Memoir Workshop will introduce you to the art of preserving the significant moments in your life in a new and exciting way. We will first look at the work of famous graphic memoir authors then you will get a practical introduction to the techniques of comic book art. We will then focus on developing your own unique story in your personal style.

Don’t worry! You don’t need to have a background or special talent in art or literature. Just come with your stories (funny or sad), your special memoires, or your personal reflections on life.

Graphic Memoir Workshops are fun! See the video!

When: Sunday, May 20th from 1 to 4 PM

Where: Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Registration: http://guestlistapp.com/events/103386

Age: 18 years old and over. (Please note that registration is limited to 10 participants!)

Graphic Memoir Workshop: Inking.

Let’s put in in ink!

For the spring session,  my weekly graphic memoir workshops are on a drop-in basis. Each week will bring a different topic.

This week’s graphic memoir workshop is about the inking process: creating the black lines. We will first look at the work of various accomplished artist. Then, we’ll talk about tools (brushes, nib pens, and technical pens) and how to use them to produce beautiful black lines and special effects. We will first practice using them on various types of paper and then you’ll get started on your own page.

This is what I’m inking right now. Yes, I’m working again on the Québec-California series.

A picture of the inking process for one of the Quebec-California pages

Inking a new page's panel of the Québec-California series.

 

Graphic Memoir Workshops are fun!

Graphic Memoir Workshops are fun!

Yes! Graphic Memoir Workshops ar fun! And, because we work in a small group setting, they are also friendly and relaxing. The mornings go by really quickly and most of the time, the sessions go on well over the planned time. We share our experiences, we support each other. We all have stories to tell…

Here’s a little video I just made to announce the Graphic Memoir Workshops. It’s short and…fun to watch. Click here.

Spring session is a six-week series. Six Tuesdays, 10:00 AM to noon. March 20 to April 24, 2012.

Graphic Memoir Workshop by Danièle Archambault

 

Graphic Memoir Workshop: March 20 to April 24, 2012.

A new series of Graphic Memoir Workshops!

A six-week series, from March 20 to April 24, 2012.

No need to have any background or special talent in art or literature!

Reserve by sending me an email: Daniele (at) DanieleBD (dot) com.

Click here for information.

 

A Graphic-Memoir Workshop from March to April 2012

A Graphic-Memoir Workshop from March to April 2012. Danièle Archambault

 

Students’ pages from Graphic Memoir Workshop

In a graphic memoir, an author narrates a period of her or his life, using sequential art to illustrate the story. In November, I held a workshop over the course of two afternoons during which students were introduced to this new and exciting way of preserving a significant moment of their life. Although the students did not have prior experience in that field or special background in art or literature, they produced beautiful and meaningful one-page stories. They developed their own particular story in their personal style. They chose different lay-outs to illustrate their unique stories.

I’m starting another series of Graphic-Memoir workshops on January 24. Come and learn this new way of expressing yourself in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Here are pages from three of the students in the fall Graphic-Memoir workshop.

La guerre arrive en Cochinchine (1942) by Evelyne Cole

For her project, Evelyne chose a special and dramatic memory from her childhood in Vietnam, at the time called “Cochinchine“.  La guerre arrive en Cochinchine (1942)The war arrives in Cochinchina” is in French, which is the language Evelyne studied in school in Vietnam, and in color pencils.  In this story, she recalls the day Japanese destroyers  arrived on the beach where she was playing with family and friends, marking the beginning of the Japanese occupation of Vietnam during WW II.  Evelyne starts her story with a beautiful establishing scene, capturing the playful mood at the beach on a beautiful sunny day. Quickly, we see black menacing dots on the horizon and the joyful mood changes to an atmosphere of panic. The story ends with a wide panel capturing the chaos on the beach and the family’s anguish as they see their father, a family officer, pedaling towards the bunkers from which he will keep an eye on the Japanese invaders.

A beautifully developed page, in terms of art and story. Evelyne had no prior experience in drawing. She is now planning to do more pages, keeping alive her family stories for the younger generations.

Une planche de BD racontant le début de la guerre (1942) en Cochinchine.

Evelyne Cole's page from the Graphic-Memoir Workshop

A Trip to London for Dad’s Birthday by Leslie Burchyns

In December, Leslie’s whole family was taking a special trip to London to celebrate her husband’s 70th birthday.  Leslie decided that her page would commemorate this special event. This is a very interesting page layout that captures the spirit of the event. At the center, we can see the computer screen with a message from the dad announcing the trip to his children. Around that central image, different members of the family are shown already dreaming about what they will be doing in London. The last panel (bottom right) show the whole family celebrating the dad’s birthday. Leslie did the original art in black ink, scanned it and then printed multiple copies. She then colored each of the pages (color pencils). She surprised her husband with the first page on his birthday in London. The others will go to the children.

A beautiful page with a clever layout capturing a special moment in a family’s life. Leslie was very hesitant and unsure of herself n the beginning. Her precious framed page  will now hang in her living room.

A graphic-memoir page describing a family trip to London.

Leslie Burchyns’ page from the Graphic-Memoir Workshop.

A First Encounter by Pat

Pas loves scuba diving. During one of those trips, Pat and her husband Mike got to swim with humpback whales in a Tongan lagoon. They chose that remote South Seas spot to see the humpbacks in the lagoon where they come each year for their calving and mating. Pat wanted to preserve this amazing experience by telling the story in a humorous way: Both whales and humans are amazed at this first encounter. Pat chose to tell her story in black and white. The simple layout is very effective at capturing the grandiosity of the event. Pat started her page with an establishing scene panel, showcasing the enormous size of the humpback whales. In the middle panels, Pat uses her own experience in scuba diving to illustrate how divers get into the water. Finally, she ends her story with another wide and simple panel, emphasizing the parallelism between the experience of both humans and whales.

A beautiful page, with a great lay-out, preserving, as Pat puts it “the encounter that was certainly the highlight of my diving years!” Pat is now working on the other stories she shared with us in the Graphic-Memoir workshop.

A Graphic-Memoir page about scuba diving with humpback whales.

Pat's page from the Graphic-Memoir Workshop.