Spark Media Project will host a brand new, free program at the Hudson Area Library on November 21st, from 10am-4pm. The Hudson Webcomics Workshop is a chance for young artists, ages 10- 15, to explore visual storytelling techniques while creating their own original narratives, and illustrating them in comic strips using tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Wacom Tablets.
Although visual storytelling is a core component in all Spark Programs, this will be the first time the organization is hosting an intensive focused solely on making webcomics. This program was developed democratically; in a survey students were asked which programs they would like to see taught through Spark and, in that survey, webcomics was the second most popular choice (trailing filmmaking, the main focus of the organization).
According to Spark’s Director of Education, Mary Ellen Iatropoulos, “Webcomics present an innovation in [Spark] programs in that they make students think about how platform and medium can have an effect on the stories being told”. This thought process also translates to other walks of life, and helps improve skills like decision making and communication, as the program puts students in charge of their own narrative, and gives them a creative outlet for expressions. Additionally, this program supports the entrepreneurial aspects of making media, says Iatropoulos, as students who learn graphic design could take these skills beyond the classroom and into the workforce.
While this program is expected to fill quickly, there is still plenty of time to register – you can sign your child up online at sparkmediaproject.org/workshops, or by calling 845.485.4480 for more information.
This intensive is part of Spark’s Mobile Media Lab, supported by the NYS Regional Economic Development Council and the Mid-Hudson Library System. Through the Mobile Media Lab, teaching artists travel to libraries throughout Hudson Valley, bringing media arts workshops to young people free of charge.
Saturday, November 21, 10am - 4pm
Hudson Area Library
400 State Street, Hudson