Let's Celebrate Art

Today is Art Day at the Gillispie School in La Jolla!

My husband Joel and I were invited to speak to grades k~6 about how comics are made.
There were two groups of 90 students. First the younger group, then the older group.

Here's Joel teaching the First Graders three-point perspective...

...I'm kidding! He was great with the kids. The above picture was part of his explanation about the different things he needs to draw to tell the story.

If you know me, you know I'm no great speaker, but I definitely win the I-Try-Hard award today. My contribution was a simple demo of how pages are colored in the computer. I had a page prepped for some simple coloring, and a page that was done to show the finished product.


The Q and A part was fun. All the age groups had great questions. In the younger group one kid asked how many pages Joel had to draw and Joel told him he had to do 17 a month. Another kid enthusiastically raised his hand to share with us that he had 17 kids in his class! Thumbs up to stream of consciousness!

We brought copies of The Batman Strikes for everyone, and plenty of Grump stickers to go around, although I removed my website info because of my Sky Doll blog post (mature content).

The whole experience was more fun than I had expected!

Now, it's back to work. :)


Blogger Mathias said...

Wow, kids are lucky now-a-days, I never got comic creators to come to my school! Looks like alot of fun.

May 30, 2008 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger lorelei said...

It's awesome that you guys took the time to do this! I'm sure the kids really enjoyed it. I put in time with my daughter's class throughout the year and you never know what those kids are going to say next...

May 31, 2008 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger jester said...

That is uber coolies! How nervous were you? I know I'm alway nervous in front of a group of people. Even if they were a group of babies! hehe

June 3, 2008 at 11:53 PM  
Blogger Beth Sotelo said...

mathias - I know! Although I think some of the kids may have preferred seeing SpongeBob.

lorelei - One little girl was proud to show her pockets to her teacher. That's when I started to doubt how helpful we'd be.

jester - After the pocket incident I was pretty nervous, but everyone seemed interested. Even the occasional ooh and ahh happened.

If you've seen me at any con panels you know I'm a wreak - if I say one word at all. Maybe with more outings like this it will get easier.

June 4, 2008 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Eric Orchard said...

Yikes this stuff makes me nervous! But it's always fun in retrospect. Looks like a blast.

June 6, 2008 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger adam said...

I remember how fascinated I the first time I watched you color! I can only imagine how they felt...

June 9, 2008 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger To said...

That's really awesome Beth and Joel. You two are the inspirations of a new generation =)

June 10, 2008 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Beth Sotelo said...

eric - The pictures from your book signing are so cute with all those little pirates!

adam - They were more impressed with Joel's drawing, I think. I was fumbling with the program they had on their computer, Photoshop Elements.

Marcus, that's a scary thought.

June 12, 2008 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger P. said...

That's faboo! SSSOOO Awesome for both of you.

June 16, 2008 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger pili said...

You and Joel are so awesome!!!

July 1, 2008 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Beth Sotelo said...

Well, not soo awesome, but you know what? After some time has passed, I think I wouldn't mind doing it again next year.

July 1, 2008 at 6:46 PM  

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