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ODI 050-F23 | Telling your Story in Words and Pictures, ONLINE

ODI 050-F23 | Telling your Story in Words and Pictures, ONLINE

10/4-10/25 (4 sessions) 7-8:30 pm EST

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description


Artwork by Charlotte Hildebrand


Everyone has a story to tell and the graphic memoir is the perfect vehicle to tell it.

In this workshop, students will be introduced to various approaches to this genre by artists such as Nora Krug (“Belonging”), Mira Jacobs (“Good Talk”), Scott McCloud, (“Understanding Comics”) and Lynda Barry, (“Making Comics”). Drawing and writing exercises will start each class, encouraging students to experiment with individual style, character and layout. By the end of the 4-week session, students will have created a narrative in words and pictures that tells a compelling story about their lives. Most importantly, there are no bad drawings, so all skills welcomed to this workshop.


10/4-10/25 (4 sessions) 7-8:30 pm EST Wednesday

Tuition: $130

CEUs: n/a




Faculty: Charlotte Hildebrand

Charlotte Hildebrand is an artist, writer and teacher living in Los Angeles. After making a short film in NYC, she won a spot in the American Film Institute’s Directors program, where she learned about the power of narrative. In the course of raising her family and working as a staff and freelance writer for various publications, she began a blog that included words and pictures. She was surprised to find her comic drawings drew the most attention, which propelled her to begin an art practice, including study at the Art Center School of Design and under Steve Brodner, the eminent political cartoonist and Amy Kurzweil, New Yorker cartoonist and memoirist. It was in these classes that she started work on a graphic memoir about growing up Jewish in the south, scheduled to be completed in 2024.



  • Small sketch pad for daily use
  • 9x12 or 11x14 drawing pad
  • Staedtler Pencils, 2b, 4b, and/or 6b, or Blackwing pencils.
  • Eraser and pencil sharpener
  • Ink pens, such as, Micron (size .05 .08) or Copic Multi-Liner, (0.5 and 0.3). These are the pens I use, but whatever works for you.

Optional: colored pencils and/or watercolors.

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