The Art of Creating Heroes ~ the finale


Last week, I wrapped up my artist in residency at Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary. Over the course of five weeks, I helped the students design heroic characters that they can use in an upcoming writing project.

We tackled this design from many different angles. Not only did we draw the characters in different poses and with different expressions, but we built props for them and even thought about costume by choosing hair and fabric samples. I also discussed with them the “Hero’s Journey”, as first developed by the mythologist Joseph Cambell.

In the coming weeks, the students will prepare an exhibit of their heroes, so I’ll return to the school to view the gallery. I can’t wait to see those displays! In the meantime, here are some final photos of their sketchbooks . . .




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