Greenwich cartooning clinic draws up spring break fun

Cartooning instructor Phil Lohmeyer teaches Looney Toons characters to the students of Julian Curtiss School.

Cartooning instructor Phil Lohmeyer teaches Looney Toons characters to the students of Julian Curtiss School.

If any young artists in town have ever dreamed of cartooning, then they have an opportunity to learn next week at a special clinic in Byram.

During the spring vacation from school, on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16 from 1 to 2:15 p.m., young aspiring artists can attend the clinic at Byram Shubert Library. Spots are available for 30 Greenwich students in grades fifth to eighth for this class instructed by Cos Cob artist Phil Lohmeyer.

For 10 years, the Greenwich Cartooning Chronicles art program led by Mr. Lohmeyer has taught the students of Greenwich how to draw cartoons and comic strips at camps, community centers and after school programs. Different versions of the program are taught at Julian Curtiss School, New Lebanon School, Cos Cob School, Parkway School, Whitby School, Greenwich Country Club, Old Greenwich-Riverside Community Center and Jack Dog Studio.

This clinic will focus on creating and drawing comic strips. Students will learn about the various approaches to comic strip art and will discover some different ways to invent their own. During this two-day workshop of artistic brainstorming and exploration, students will be shown how to improve storytelling narratives through comics, while focusing on basic strip elements such as panels, staging, expression, shading and lettering.

All student drawings will be eligible for publication in The Greenwich Cartooning Chronicles newsletter at The artwork created at the clinic will also be on display at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the program on May 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center.

The free clinic has been made possible by the Byram Shubert Library, in conjunction with the efforts of Library Director Miguel Garcia-Colon.

To RSVP email [email protected] and to learn more about art programs for children at the Byram Shubert Library, visit its location at 21 Mead Avenue or call Mr. Garcia-Colon at 203-531-0426.

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