Let's Talk About Art: Comic Books

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Have you ever dreamed of being a superhero – wearing a colorful cape and flying over city streets, reading minds or becoming invisible?

You can live out these fantasies and more at Comic Books camp. The weeklong day camp, June 16-20, is one of approximately 120 art camps offered throughout the summer at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside.

During the camp, youngsters ages 8 to 10 will learn about classic as well as cutting-edge comic books, design a hero of their own, and write and illustrate a graphic novel about their superhero. Their original characters will join the ranks of Batman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern as students hear each other’s thrilling tales of danger, mystery and justice. (Cost is $255 for art center members; $280 for nonmembers.)

“The camp has evolved with the various forms of comics over the years. In the past it was focused on a specific style, like Manga [Japanese comic books], but now it covers classic to contemporary comics,” says Rachael Cooper, children’s program manager at PCA. “This year’s instructor, Elise Walton, is very enthusiastic and is bringing a number of great ideas to the camp.” Ms. Walton is a local artist who earned her bachelor of fine arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University.

“Elise plans to address more than just the illustrations involved in comics,” Ms. Cooper explains. “Storytelling is a large part of the process, and she will touch on a number of different aspects of storytelling, from creating a character, to humor and emotion.” The children can expect a whirlwind week of activity, along with a fantastic outlet for their creativity.

For the past 30 years PCA has been facilitating a summer art camps program that provides a safe space where children – from tots to teenagers – can have fun while exploring the arts. For more information about this or PCA's other art camps, visit pittsburgharts.org, or contact Rachael Cooper at rcooper@pittsburgharts.org or 412-361-0455.



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