Visual Storytelling: Art, Comics & Manga Online

Fall 2020 registration is open!



Cardinal Rule of Comics: Don’t Tell, Show.

If you love to read stories, and enjoy looking at art, what could be better than putting them together into a comic, graphic novel, or manga book? Luckily for us, visual storytelling is bigger than ever! Comics, comic books, graphic novels, and manga books line the shelves of every bookstore in town. Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a story of your own and create your own comic book? In this course, we will teach students the basics of what makes a great comic, from framing to paneling to design.

Hands-on for Students, Hands-off for Parents: Students will explore the artistic process with a STEAM approach and seek creative solutions alongside other students their age. Through guided projects and peer feedback, students will have the opportunity to interact with other artists and share their interests in all things comics!


Ages:  11 – 18
Dates:  Oct. 3 – Nov. 21, 2020 (8 weeks)
  Saturdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm EST
Tuition:  $325 (A $10 late fee will be added after Wednesday, October 1)
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)


Sample Schedule

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Welcome and Introduction to Activities
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Guided Projects & Small Groups
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Wrap up and Discussion



This Session is Closed.

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Zachary Rhoades
Comic Artist
Read more about Mr. Rhoades

Zachary Rhoades has been working in media since 2003, and taught undergraduate courses in animation, storyboarding, greenscreen, and production at Art Institute of D.C. and George Mason University. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Rhoades is an avid fan of all things nerd and geek, including cartoons, comics, and video games. Mr. Rhoades has created and contributed to multiple independent comics and books and is a regular contributor to “The Saturday Morning Cartoonists” podcast. Mr. Rhoades earned his bachelor’s degree in computer graphics and animation from George Mason University, and he is currently working on the independent publishing of his illustrated novel series “GENE515.”










Digital Illustration:
Character Creation

Ages 11-18
Saturdays, 9–10:30 am EST
Oct. 3–Nov. 21, 2020


Video Production
Ages 11-18
Saturdays, 9:30–11 am EST
Oct. 3–Nov. 21, 2020