Comic Book Pages



For our fourth class, we took what we learned about creating comic book characters from last week and developed our very own original comic book pages.  We looked at how comic book pages are organized with panels, word bubbles, action words, and scenes.  We then sketched out our pages with pencils, inked them with fine black pens, and colored them with color pencils and markers.  Our comic books pages are amazing, surprising, and hilarious!

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Comic Characters


On our third day of class, we talked about all the different kinds of comic books and how to draw cartoon characters.  We brainstormed story ideas and practiced sketching original comic characters using pencils.  Then we inked them with fine black pens.


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Watercolor and Wire


For our second class we looked at the artwork of Paul Klee who stated, “A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.”  To create an abstract background for our drawings I showed the class a few watercolor painting techniques including wet on wet, gradient, dry brush, and using salt.  While we let our paintings dry, we experimented with aluminum wire.  We twisted, bent, curled, and wrapped our wire around itself.  After creating our three-dimensional sculptures, we drew our wire using lines onto our backgrounds in the style of Paul Klee.

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Abstract Portraits

For our first class, we looked at the artwork of Jean Dubuffet, French painter and sculptor.


He said, “What I expect from any work of art is that it surprises me.”  Our challenge was to create self-portraits that surprise!  I showed everyone how to draw a self-portrait with correct proportions, and then how to use line, shape, color, and pattern to abstract those proportions into a unique and expressive artwork.


Welcome to Art Foundations!

Mr. Kyle

Hello, my name is Kyle Nowak and this is my second time teaching the Art Foundations class. I love learning about art, making art, and teaching art. I am currently an Art Specialist at Mosby Woods Elementary School in Fairfax. I believe that being an artist means learning from art history and visual culture, practicing techniques, exploring new media, and expressing yourself through your artwork. I know we’ll all have a great time in class this season!