Curriculum and Lesson

After the Event and/or Story

Masami Toku

Grades:
5th ~ 12th G.

Objectives:
1) To understand the history of graphic narratives (narrative art)
2) To understand differences and similarities of spatial treatment in Western and Non-Western arts.
3) To understand the characteristics of Manga (Japanese Comics) which are different from American comics (e.g. the usage of creating space, time, and motion).
4) To develop visual literacy by creating the continuation of a particular event and/or story.
5) To explore the use of frame in Japanese comics (Manga) to create a sequential story.
6) To learn the Elements of Art: Space, Time, and Motion and the principle of design.

Student materials:
Slide examples of artworks demonstrating spatial treatment (Western vs. Non-Western art) and American & Japanese comic books

Teacherís materials:
Art history books, illustrations, comic strips in newspapers, and/or manga.

Vocabulary:
1. Graphic narratives (narrative art)
2. Spatial treatment
3. Comics vs Manga

Procedures:
1. (Introduction): Discuss about the history and characteristics of comics by comparing narrative art
2. Choose one event or story which will be recognizable by the majority of people and develop a continuation of the story (e.g. the events of 9/11/01, Snow White, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Beauty and Beast, etc.)
3. Develop at least 4 visual images in conjunction with the after event/story based on the following outline:

1) Introduction
2) Supporting scene(s)
3) Transition(s)
4) Conclusion

4. Think about using different shapes and sizes effective frames.
5. Draw the visual images by using a combination of techniques from comic books.
(e.g. exaggerated, photographic, Bird's eye, and multiple perspective views)
6. Trace the visual images with a black marker.
7. Color the visual images and the background with color pencils, markers, and others.
8. (Closure): Discuss the art project to confirm what they learned by looking at all
artworks which will be hung on the wall at the end of the exercise.