I love classrooms and I am always looking for opportunities to encourage drawing and storytelling. Here are some pictures by educator, Michael Gianfrancesco from a recent visit to his Graphic Novel Course at North Providence High School.

You don’t have to be “good” at drawing.

You don’t have to be “good” at drawing.

If your anxiety was a cartoon character, what would it look like?

If your anxiety was a cartoon character, what would it look like?

Our anxiety can get in the way of learning because it can inhibits our memory.

Our anxiety can get in the way of learning because it can inhibits our memory.

Let’s draw a quick comic together to test our these ideas and experiment.

Let’s draw a quick comic together to test our these ideas and experiment.

We think about our image ahead of time by creating thumbnail sketches.

We think about our image ahead of time by creating thumbnail sketches.

Things to think about when drawing comics at school:

-Acknowledge the time restraints because everyone works at a different pace and it is important to note when we are feeling rushed.

-Setting up a safe creative space where all participants feel comfortable drawing and writing.

-Taking a leap into the unknown and embracing the awkwardness of your first try at something.

-Observing this experience for future reference.