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.