Dave McDonald presents interactive assembly programs, residencies, workshops and summer camps for elementary and middle school aged children. His instructional cartooning videos are featured at www.professorgarfield.org and he recently appeared at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA as a
Dave McDonald presents interactive assembly programs, residencies, workshops and summer camps for elementary and middle school aged children. His instructional cartooning videos are featured at www.professorgarfield.org and he recently appeared at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA as a Cartoonist in Residence. He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society, and is an accredited artist of the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Arts in Education program.
Cartooning with Dave McDonald
Grades: 3-6 Audience size: 200 max. Length: 45 min.
This assembly program looks at the art of cartooning & the artist’s career path toward becoming a cartoonist using PowerPoint. Artist leads students on an interactive drawing demonstration; students come prepared with paper and pencil and follow along step by step with artist at easel, learning how to use simple shapes to create super characters, and how they can begin to develop stories for their own comics!
Cartooning & Making Comics Residency (Title I Eligible)
Grades 4-8 Class size: 30 max. Schedule: 4 days/up to 5 classes per day
Classes are introduced to cartoon art and comics/graphic novels and artist’s career path to cartooning using PowerPoint. Students examine the visual and language tools used by cartoonists to tell stories. The students will design and develop their own characters. Fun writing exercises promote story development. Students will be responsible for creating individual character sheets and a full-page black & white comics project for display. (Rubric/assessment provided). Opportunity for cross-curricular comics project.
Cartooning & Comics Workshop
Ages 8-12 Class size: 30 max. Length: Varies, 90 min-3 hours
Participants are introduced to cartoon art and comics/graphic novels. The learner will create and develop their own character(s) and produce full-page comics.
Bringing North Carolina Standards to Life:
Making Comics with Primary Source Images!
Teaching artist, cartoonist and award-winning television producer Dave McDonald leads this on-site activity-based half-day workshop, pared down from its original form as a 9-hour workshop series produced in cooperation with the Gaston county Museum of Art & History in Dallas, NC and funded by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.
This workshop uses the artist’s own juvenile graphic novel, The Secret Adventures of Hamster Sam: Attack of the Evil Boll Weevils! as a guide for examining the use of primary source images in comics in order to bring history concepts to life. The artist uses easy-to-follow drawing demonstrations, PowerPoint instruction and interactive exercises to teach art concepts (cartooning skills that they themselves can teach, comics creation) and language arts concepts (comics vocabulary, writing for comics).
Artist utilizes smaller breakout groups of 4 or 5 participants that will function as “brainstorming collaboration units” (BCU’s) where ideas are shared and developed. Each participant is responsible for completing 2 projects during the workshop, guided by artist:
1) Creation of a full-page “cotton mill comics activity” that is aligned with state standards and incorporates primary source images and original cartoon art produced by participant.
2) Creation of a “Primary Source Comic” classroom lesson plan that combines state standards (from any subject- science, math, SS, Art, P.E.) with a student comics activity.
Individual lesson plans are presented and discussed in a large group format, and artist collects, copies and shares each lesson plan with all participants. In this manner, each participant goes away with multiple lesson plans and creative ideas for integrating core subjects with comics activities. Artist uses pre and post-workshop questionnaires in order to assess participants’ knowledge of cartooning & comics.
Appropriate for classroom teachers 3rd grade and up, art teachers, media specialists and reading/writing/ESL specialists.View less