Learn Cartooning with Arie Kaplan (5th and up)*
This workshop, which writer/cartoonist Arie Kaplan has taught to both children and adults all over the world, shows students how to draw magazine-style gag cartoons. The lesson focuses on creative brainstorming, and during the class, the students will learn how to create "sight gags" built around a specific theme (i.e. zoo animals, holidays, school, parents, etc). By the end of the class, the students will have come away with a few sample one-panel gag cartoons (which they themselves have created), which are similar to those seen in Nickelodeon Magazine, MAD Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Highlights for Children, and National Geographic Kids.
Arie Kaplan is an award-winning author, a world-renowned public speaker, and a prolific screenwriter for television, videogames, and transmedia. Arie has also written many graphic novels, including Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer (IDW Publishing, 2008), Shadow Guy & Gamma Gal: Heroes Unite (Penguin Young Readers Group, 2010), and The New Kid From Planet Glorf (Capstone, 2013). During his lengthy career, Arie has scripted several comic book stories (featuring such iconic characters as Superman, Bart Simpson, Ben 10, Bugs Bunny, and Shrek) for DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Archie Comics, and Bongo Comics, among other publishers. Arie has also authored many books for young readers, including two LEGO Star Wars books (titled Face Off and The Official Stormtrooper Training Manual), both of which are out now from Scholastic. As a nonfiction author, he is most well known for writing the book From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books (Jewish Publication Society, 2008), which was a Booklist Editors' Choice: Books For Youth Winner in 2009 and a 2008 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. In addition to his career as a writer, Arie is a cartoonist, and he's drawn one-panel gag cartoons for Nickelodeon Magazine, The Fortean Times, The Hartford Advocate, and other publications. Visit Arie online at www.ariekaplan.com, or find him on Twitter at @ariekaplan.