Center for Cartoon Studies Summer Workshops

The Center for Cartoon Studies will once again be offering summer workshops for aspiring cartoonists and artists at their White River Junction campus with a variety of programs. Here’s the just-released schedule:


Create Comics, July 7-11, 2014

  • Tuition: $900
  • Ages 16+

Our 10th annual Create Comics workshop will walk you through exercises and group projects that will teach you about all aspects of making comics. You’ll learn page composition, character and environment design, a variety of inking techniques, and the skills needed to self-publish your own comics. At the end of the workshop, students will take their new skills and apply them to a collaborative comic anthology, which will be drawn, printed and bound so that everyone can take home a copy. There will also be portfolio reviews if you would like feedback on your comics from home. Create Comics works well for both beginning and advanced students, age 16 and over.


Applied Cartooning: An Educator’s Symposium, July 11 & 12, 2014

  • Tuition: $75
  • Create Comics + Educator’s Symposium special: $925

From design to empathy to literacy, cartooning can be a profound tool to teach adults and children critical skills. Through lectures, workshops, and panel discussions this symposium will explore the many ways that educators and librarians can use cartooning to enrich any school or organization’s programming and curriculum.


Graphic Novel Workshop, Session I: August 4-8, 2014 / Session II: August 11-15, 2014 / Optional online extension: August 18-October 10, 2014

  • On campus workshop tuition: $950
  • Optional online extension tuition: $1,200
  • For-credit option: $400 for on campus workshop,
  • $200 for online extension
  • Ages 18+

Put everything else aside and only work on your comics for a week in White River Junction, Vermont. Workshop instructor Paul Karasik is a cartoonist (The New Yorker, City of Glass), a comics scholar (I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets, How To Read Nancy), and a renown teacher (CCS, RISD, SVA) who really knows how to take good cartoonists and make them better. During the week-long on-campus workshop, students will participate in lectures, collaborative exercises, book discussion sessions, events, and group critiques, with the goal of producing the first draft of a longer comics project. During the option 8-week online extension, students will develop and refine their work through online collaboration with faculty and peers, and complete comprehensive final drafts of their projects.


Cartooning Studio, August 18-22, 2014

  • Tuition: $950
  • For-credit option: $400
  • Ages 18+

Are you ready to take your cartooning to the next level? Bring a comics project to our 5-day Cartooning Studio summer intensive and we’ll help you do just that! Through a series of lectures and in-class exercises our instructors will teach you methods for developing characters and environments, strengthening your writing, and a variety of inking techniques. Each day will have dedicated studio time for students to apply these concepts to their own work. There will also be optional portfolio reviews, to give you feedback on your work. Our goal is for each student to end up with a nice big stack of finished, inked pages of comics! This class is ideal for adults and college students (with a for-credit option).


Screen Printing Intensive, August 22-24, 2014

  • Tuition: $200
  • Ages 18+

Perfect for Cartooning Studio attendees who want to delve deeper into screen-printing, or artists from around the region who want to explore the medium with full access to CCS resources and faculty. This weekend screen printing intensive with CCS instructors will walk students through the screen printing process from start to finish.


Tuition for each session includes the workshop itself, in-class supplies, morning and afternoon snacks, and evening student activities. There are scholarships avaliable for those in need, supplied by several local organizations. For full details about registration, tuition, housing and the sessions themselves, visit the school’s website.

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