Sep 2nd 2020

Online Event

“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” – Jim Henson

Summer is almost over and that means school will soon be back in session, albeit in a very different and much more challenging way than usual. Whether students are in the classroom or learning from home, using a tablet or a pencil and paper, one thing is certain: their teachers will have a lasting impact on them, as our teachers had on us.

So please join cartoonist and teaching artist Alex Nall for a comics workshop celebrating our favorite teachers, and how they shaped us into who we are today. Alex will lead us in writing, drawing and designing our own page of comic book art using memories from elementary, high school, or beyond. Simple set-up and endless storytelling possibilities await! No drawing experience required. Only honesty, openness, and creativity are required to craft your story. Afterwards, you can send a copy of your mini-comic to Alex, to be included in a zine that will be shared in print and online.

Suggested Materials:
+ Any kind of paper
+ Pencil, eraser, and black pen or marker
+ Colored pencils, pens, markers, crayons

Alex Nall is a cartoonist and teaching artist living in Chicago. He is the author of Teaching Comics, Let Some Word That Is Heard Be Yours, Lawns, and Are Comic Books Real? He has led workshops at Chicago Publishers Resource Center, Independent Resource Center in Portland, Oregon, Columbia College Chicago, Cartoons Crossroads Columbus, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, among many other libraries, galleries, and non-profit art spaces. His work has been featured in Newcity, Chicago Reader, and Best American Comics (Notable Section). He has worked as an arts educator for over seven years, serving youths in Chicago Public Schools and after-school programs throughout the city.

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB!

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

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