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Kids Make Comics

Dave McDonald

Dave McDonald has built a career as a comics creator and accredited teaching artist based on an award-winning background in television, theme park entertainment and puppetry. He offers education-based programming to schools, museums and libraries through several state and local arts councils in North & South Carolina. He is also a kids cartooning instructor through his online “Kids Make Comics!” video series, featured on Youtube the educational online platform Epic!.

During this 5-consecutive day virtual residency, author/illustrator and cartoonist Dave McDonald will work with up to 5 classrooms per day in 45-50 minute class periods. The artist will guide students through a comics-making project that is defined as a full page (9” x 12” art paper) multi-panel informative comic, drawn using pencil (and optionally ink pens and colored pencils). Each student works independently and is responsible for developing their own original characters, writing their own storyline and completing their own informative comic; the goal being to integrate 3 FACTS/MAIN IDEAS taken from a predetermined and previously studied standard; i.e., social studies, science- all guided by the artist.

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