Shea is offering both in-person and online sessions for 2023-24. She is open to travel but may have limited availability due to prior commitments.
Multisession Half-day: Up to 150 min – $350 + GST
Multisession Full-day, or multiple days (5 hours spilt amongst classes): $700 +GST
Virtual Sessions (maximum 3 logins):
45 min – $125 + GST
60 min – $150 +GST
Up to 150 min – $350 +GST
Story-time and Character Design
After a live-reading of either Alice at Naptime or ABC Monstrosity, and a short Q & A period, we’ll do some drawing activities and games that highlight the best qualities of good character design. Our main goal will be to learn how draw expressive faces, and to realize that the best characters aren’t most “real,” they’re the most “readable.”
DIY Comics Zines
Before we learn about some of the basic story-telling tools we use in comics, we’ll create the perfect six-page DIY zine out of a single sheet of 8 x 11 office paper – one that easily unfolds so we can copy and reproduce our work. Part of the excitement of drawing our stories is sharing them with each-other! Before we settle in to create our short comic, we’ll do warm-up drawings, play a character design game, and go over basic story-arcs so that no one suffers any writer’s block – we’ll be ready to dive right in!
Create a Comics SUCCESS Cheat Sheet
This session is ideal for a focused older group that knows they have an interest in creating comics. We’ll be interspersing activities that remind us how much FUN it is to make comics together, with tightly-focused discussions about best-practises for professional-level success in the comics industry. Comics are always changing, so rather than lecture about the way things were when I found my footing, we’ll be engaged in discussion that lead to the creation of customized cheat-sheets that help students strategize their way forward in the direction they’re heading now.
Twenty Things to Make with Office Paper
These last two years have seen us staying home, studying at home, and going out for supplies only when necessary. Luckily, one of the most versatile art-materials I know of is also one that you’re probably keeping yourself stocked up on no matter what. Office paper isn’t just the thing to use when you’ve got nothing else, sometimes it’s also the BEST thing for your artistic project. This session high-lights amazing ideas for art and story-telling projects that you can explore on your own, and also includes some of my personal favorite art-hacks that make my job easier, and more fun. My whole art practice found it’s momentum when I made a book out of office paper in 2005. Maybe there’s a secret-hiding-in-plain-sight for you too!
Intro To Book-Binding
If we can get some pages cut and holes punched ahead of time, this session can be adapted for any age. Book-binding is easier than you think, and can be done is so many ways. We’ll talk about how materials tell stories all by themselves, and how the choices we make about how a book is put together influence the kinds of stories we become equipped to tell. Collage, texture, absorbency, fragility, age, found objects, and collaboration can all play a part in this art-form. We’ll learn how to hide our stitches behind a properly assembled cover, and what to do if we want to show them off instead.
Shea prefers a room with tables. If not possible, children need a hard surface to draw on, like a book or binder, as well as paper and drawing implements.