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LIVE Workshop: Drawing the Inside Out - Reading Yourself

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LIVE Workshop: Drawing the Inside Out - Reading Yourself

$65.00

Drawing the Inside Out is a collection of online comics courses for adults and teens who want to create comics from their life experience lead by comics artist Georgia Webber. The fourth course called Reading Yourself focuses more on the analysis and critical thinking/understanding involved in making comics. This course takes place on Monday evenings starting July 26th - August 16th, and takes place from 7pm-8pm EST weekly.

*limit of 2 tickets per customer, online link to be provided by Email after purchase.

Course Description:

It’s the hardest to see ourselves, isn’t it? Sometimes it’s hard to see the particular value
and genius of our creative work, too. It can be challenging to examine our own creations after the blood, sweat, and tears we put in, but learning to look with new eyes upon the art we make can bring a sense of greater connection to our gifts, skills, and areas of curiosity. In this more analytical course, we’ll examine our comics together, to make it a little easier and to share our learning with each other. Be prepared to bring at least two completed comics to participate in this class.

Reading Yourself

Monday, July 26th – Words (7-8PM EST)
Materials: At least two comics you have made (they can be incomplete), whatever you
like to draw and take notes with.

Letters are symbols you learn to draw over and over again, until they transform into language, into meaning. When we start to experience our own words as both meaning and drawing, we can learn so much about what we’re saying in our art – intentionally or mysteriously. You never know what you might be communicating!

Monday, August 2nd – Pictures (7-8PM EST)
Materials: At least two comics you have made (they can be incomplete), whatever you
like to draw and take notes with.

A single drawing can communicate a wealth of information and feeling; drawings in a sequence convey exponentially more. An entire story can emerge, with no words at all –so when does drawing become writing? How are pictures communicating a code, a language, and meaning? We’re going to scratch the surface to grow our awareness of the depths to be appreciated.

Monday, August 9th – Layout (7-8PM EST)
Materials: At least two comics you have made (they can be incomplete), whatever you
like to draw and take notes with.

Comics have a particular meta nature to them: The story is contained within a form, the panels and layout of the space, and that layout is contained within whatever canvas you decide; screen, printed matter, something entirely new! In this way, layout informs the relationship of story to canvas, and guides the reader through pacing, atmosphere, intensity, feeling. What layout choices feel the best for you, and why? How can the shapes you choose create another layer of meaning altogether?

Monday, August 16th – Medium (7-8PM EST)
Materials: At least two comics you have made (they can be incomplete), whatever you
like to draw and take notes with.

First of all, yes, comics are a medium, not a genre (don’t at me). We also use media to create comics – digital media, ink, pencil, paper, paint, photographs, and more. What do our media choices say to our readers, and to ourselves? It’s beautiful to choose intuitively, and it’s also beautiful to examine those choices and become more intimate with our tool kit. No wrong answers -- just lots of information, feeling, and thought!

Note: The umbrella term “comics” is used throughout this description, and is the term for the entire medium of comics, so will be used as a singular noun. “Comic arts” is another term for the practice and product of creating comics, whatever the genre, style, or motive, and “comics artist” is my preferred term for my identity within this realm.

If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility in these classes, please
contact Georgia at info@georgiawebber.com.

Testimonials from past participants

“We so enjoyed participating in Georgia Webber’s Drawing the Inside Out workshop.
She was a fantastic facilitator and it felt easy to connect. Particularly during these trying times, this was one of our highlights of the week. Having participated allowed for both my partner Sam and I to talk about what it stirred, how we felt, even after the class was over. This tapped into the core of some issues and shed light on our own perceptions and wellbeing. This is something I would highly recommend and we do believe this is an essential tool to help maintain good mental health.”

“Georgia Webber’s Drawing from the Inside Out workshop was a wonderful opportunity for me to be introduced to comics as a way of understanding and expressing my own feelings.”

“Georgia brought a warm attitude, respect for each participant’s comfort level, mastery of her discipline and a great taste in music to bring out our creative energies!

“Georgia brought a warm attitude, respect for each participant’s comfort level, mastery
of her discipline and a great taste in music to bring out our creative energies!
Georgia was genuinely interested in getting to know us as participants, gave us exciting drawing prompts, encouragement and kind and helpful feedback. This program was artistically and socially beneficial to me. I am continuing to draw comics as an outlet to process my experiences and believe I’ll continue to do so for a long time. I enjoy reflecting on what I learned from Georgia and my fellow participants, and the laughter and empathy that we shared.”

Georgia Webber is a comics artist, writer, and editor. She adores teaching and leads by exemplifying curiosity in the classroom. Her philosophy is that teaching is a relationship first, allowing the learning process to be fun and organic and suited to each learner’s specific access needs. Georgia is best known for her graphic memoir, Dumb: Living without a Voice (Fantagraphics 2018), the chronicle of her severe vocal injury and sustained vocal condition, which makes using her voice painful (though she manages it well these days). This experience led her to explore more deeply the intersections of creativity and health, through working as a Cranial Sacral Therapist, a meditation facilitator, and as an improvising musician, blending elements of healthcare, body awareness, and creative expression within constraints. Her exploration of health and creativity continue in a weekly online practice session called Drawing Health, which is free and open to all. Georgia’s comics have been published in major magazines and studied extensively by the Graphic Medicine community. Her most recent publication was a collaboration with dancer, athlete, and artist Vivian Chong to create Vivian's graphic memoir about losing her sight: Dancing After TEN (Fantagraphics 2020).

Learn more at:

www.georgiawebber.com

instagram.com/gee_webber


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