Visual Thinking

student drawing in sketch book photo


INSTRUCTOR: Gretchen Scharnagl


SCHEDULE: Monday and Wednesday, 11:30am – 2:00pm

Course Description

We will read and discuss graphic works ranging from the graphic novel, to outsider artist comics, and including coloring books, to discover the potential of this language to disseminate important stories and historic, social, psychological, artistic or scientific content. This visual communication form gives a platform to tales and truths otherwise lost or unshared. We will pay particular attention to those works by, or about, black, indigenous, people of color, women, and the LGBTQ community. We will find stories of events we might think we know but will find deeper understanding through this powerful medium. Even the books we read, about creating comics, will be in comic form. Therefore, all assignments will be done in the language of the graphic/comic or coloring book. And finally, individuals or groups within the class will produce a printed book by the end of the semester. No previous skill necessary.