Curriculum and Lesson


Original Idea by Kinichi Fukumoto
Developed by Masami Toku

7th ~12th

1) To understand the value of graphic narratives (e.g. comic strips and manga)
2) To understand the value of manga as a style of artwork.
3) To understand differences and similarities in style between manga and other types of art.
4) To express your impressions and emotions for famous artworks through graphic narratives.
5) To develop a story sequentially in 4-frames.

Student materials:
Drawing paper (9” X 12”), drawing pencil, eraser, pen and black ink (or black color marker), coloring materials (e.g. color inks, pencils, markers, and/or watercolors), and white-out

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

1. Comic strips
2. Manga
3. Graphic narratives
4. Sequential story in 4 frames
5. Sequential art

1. (Introduction): Discuss the possibility of graphic narratives
2. Choose a famous artwork from which to develop your idea in a sequential 4-frame manga (comic strip)
3. Research the historical background and the artistic value of the artwork
4. Create your own images incorporating the famous artwork in the 4-frame manga based on the concept of Ki, Sho, Ten, and Ketsu (Introduction, Supporting sentence, Transition, and Conclusion).
5. The final piece should include the following things:

1) Title of original artwork, year, and the artist name.
2) The reason for selecting the artwork.
3) Brief background of the original artwork and/or the artist
4) The title and description of your own manga
5) Explanation of the main points of your 4-frame manga (if you can.)

6. (Closure)