I’m off for a heady day of one-man drawing and cartooning workshop sessions right here in Marlboro at the Elementary School.
This morning, I’ll be working for two hours with a group of K-4th Grade students, some of whom demonstrated their cartooning chops in kindergarten when I gave the school a copy of the color Vermont’s Haunts map a couple of years ago. When my amigo Joe Citro was in town, lecturing about VT spiritualism at the college, a pair of these kids presented Joe & I with their own color full-page ghost drawings, which were amazing and highly entertaining. I believe at least one of those young artists will be in this morning’s group, so big fun ahead!
This afternoon, I’ll be working with 5th Grade and up (including two adults who signed on) on a more comprehensive cartooning and comics workshop from 1:30 PM to 4 PM. I’ve got some cool exercises worked up, and that should be a lively session, too.
[Aside: Tonight, I’ll be jumping from that frying pan into the fire of an evening meeting and dinner with Michel and Linda Moyse as a Board member of the Center for Digital Art in Brattleboro, brainstorming our upcoming October CDA celebration of the student’s filmmaking/video creations and a showcase of the work of various CDA graduates who have gone on to work in video and film. I’ll be tuckered by tonight, no doubt about it.]
All of which puts me in mind of an overdue overview of CCS Year One, best communicated via the students themselves, I think.
So -- here ya go. Savor this series of snapshots of what’s been stewing at CCS, via the online venues emerging from that which James Sturm & Michelle Ollie hath founded.
Everyone is still transitioning from the heady Year One experience into their respective and collective summers, but some of the student websites are operational -- so with their permission, I’m posting a few links this morning. Take time this weekend to browse ‘em, and be sure to leave your comments here or with them, if you would.
Andrew Arnold was, by everyone’s assessment, one of the anchors and inspirations of CCS Year One for all of us, and a click will take you to
With Andrew away, Alexis Frederick-Frost seems to be dominating the ping pong table, but he’s got some solid licks in via the drawing board, too, visible at
Colleen Frakes has two sites open for view, with
Sam Gaskin has two sites up and running: one for
And here’s a one-two punch from two of the CCS Year One dynamos:
Josie Whitmore has maintained her
There’s more to come, but that’s what the students involved “cleared” for posting on my site and here.
In the meantime, other CCS-related “new developments” are already peek-worthy on the internet:
James Sturm just alerted us to the work Kevin Huizenga is creating for the new CCS school brochure. Kevin' has a new blog and has posted a few of brochure's images there; as James notes, “the snowy drawing of the Colodny/South Main Street is stunning,” and indeed it is. For this and oh so much more, hop on over to
As I’ve mentioned before, CCS also has four summer workshop sessions in place, beginning in late June and continuing through the first week in August. For info, click on
Now, the CCS workshops are primarily for those 16 years of age and older. For younger, budding cartoonists of all ages, New Hampshire cartooning whiz Marek Bennett has his own summer workshops cooking all summer throughout New Hampshire, and I urge those of you in that area to immediately check out what Marek’s up to! All the info, including the full summer calender, is now posted on
As I mentioned yesterday, Marge & I saw and quite enjoyed Dan Clowes & Terry Zwigoff’s new opus Art School Confidential this week. I can say with complete candor that CCS is light years away from the sort of ‘art school’ experience so eloquently satirized in their film -- which leads me, in my typically roundabout manner, to CCS honcho and cartoonist extraordinaire Robyn Chapman, who recently posted this -- which I, ‘dial-up only’ castaway that I am, cannot access -- to a
See you in the funnies...