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This month’s challenge has been devised by Stoneydown Park School Drawing Group.
The challenge is inspired by the comics made by the group for this year’s Comic Swap.
Can you invent a spray that does exciting things?
Use one of the templates below to invent you own magical spray and show how it works.
Thanks to Ben Thompson and the Stoneydown Park School Drawing Club for providing the challenge!
This month, Ben Thompson tells Hannah Sackett about the club he runs at Stoneydown Park School in Walthamstow, London.
Name of your Comic Club: Stoneydown Park School Drawing Group
Where do you meet and how often? The Art Room at Stoneydown Park Primary School, once a week.
Average number of members: Ten
How long have you been running? One year.
Tell us about your club: The group is made up of children from years 3, 4 and 5. We meet up after school on Fridays, and sit around a big table in the Art Room. Often there’s a starter activity. Usually this involves me giving out a bunch of little mini-comics that I’ve started, and getting the children to finish them. The endings they come up with are usually incredibly gory! After this, everyone gets on with drawing whatever they want – unicorns, weird worlds, things from Minecraft etc., Sometimes someone brings along some glittery pens or some pretty stationery from Smiggle. Sometimes snacks get shared out. At the end, we do a ‘show and tell’ of what we’ve drawn (if there’s time) and then we all go home!
Do you have a comic club activity you’d like to share:
We’ve had quite a lot of fun doing collaborative, two-panel comics. One person does the first panel and then passes it to a second person to complete. There aren’t too many rules about how to do this, but it helps if the first panel has at least two characters in it. Also, it helps if there’s something a little bit unusual going on e.g. maybe there’s a strange object, or maybe one of the characters is doing something unusual.
The drawing club have also contributed a Comics Challenge for this month – check it out here! Thanks to Ben and the club members for sharing their ideas and drawings.
This month’s challenge involves taking inspiration from the past.
Take a look at these animals and see if you can turn them into cartoon characters and make comics about them.
Ancient Egyptian hippo c. 1800 B,C.
Iron Age horse from c,650 B,C.
This Owl of Athena is shown on a Greek silver coin from c. 450 B.C.
Roman Dog 2nd Century AD.
Download the Ancient animals worksheet.
This month’s comic challenge has been provided by the Drawing Comics Club at St Aubyn’s School.
Inspired by the Squid Bits Horoscopes in the Phoenix, the club have been making their own horoscopes. Take a look at some of them here.
Lots of newspapers and magazines publish horoscopes, claiming to tell you what kind of week you will have, based on your star sign. Your star sign is based on your date of birth:
Your challenge is to make your own Horoscope of the Week. You could also try making up your own star signs (see Jess Bradley’s example here: http://squid-bits.tumblr.com/post/152151280507/star-signs).
Thanks to librarian Rhiannon Cook and the members of the Drawing Comics Club for this month’s challenge!
Image: Astrological clock at Venice. Source: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Venice_ast_sm.jpg
This month we revisit the Drawing Comics Club at St Aubyn’s School, to find out about their latest members and what they’ve been up to!
Name of your Comic Club: Drawing Comics Club
Tell us about the latest members of your clubs: The club is so popular we have expanded our numbers from 10 to 12. This term we still have a range of very enthusiastic boys and girls from years 4 and 5.
Do you have a comic club activity you’d like to share: This week we took a leaf out of Phoenix Comic’s Jess Bradley‘s book and worked on comedy horoscopes, although I had to explain what a horoscope and star sign was first which took me by surprise! Following this long discussion, we have created some very funny panels which we will be giving to another group in the school for their pupil magazine!
Which comics should we be reading right now?
Latest popular comics in the library include: Akissi – Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet, Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson and Corpse Talk : Ground-Breaking Scientists
by Adam Murphy and Lisa Murphy.
Many thanks to librarian Rhiannon Cook for answering our questions!
This month we are challenging you to swap a comic!
If you make comics as part of a comics club, at school, in a group or with your friends, you can also take part in this year’s children’s Comic Swap.
Groups from across the country can swap their comics with one another. Last year groups from Bath, Dundee, Gateshead, Gloucester, Newcastle, and North Yorkshire took part. Want to find out more? Head over to the Comic Swap website now! The deadline for this year’s swap is Friday 25th May.