WEEK 3 Re-Cap! What you should be doing as of now!

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    Hello everyone! Hope you enjoyed the session from yesterday. It was held at Belfry High School. I was very impressed with the work from the students there.

    Let’s talk a little bit about WEEK 3!

    Today we began by looking at where each student should be by this point in the Art Gallery Project.

    Each student should have chosen the type of book they are creating… picture book, chapter book, comic book, graphic novel, illustrated book of poetry, etc.

    From there, students should have written a story with that template in mind. Always thinking ahead! That’s the key!

    With the story in hand, students should have already started their work on a storyboard, and designing their characters. This is the most important part of the entire process! Many think that the drawing/creating of the finished pages is the most important, but in reality, it’s the preparation that’s the most essential to the process.

    Today we introduced another element to the deign phase of your book (Writing with Pictures): the setting.

    Before working the setting into your storyboard, make a list of all the different settings taking place in your story. This is the third list you will have created in your design process. The first list is your list of characters. The second list is the list of important events taking place.

    The setting is the background to your illustrations. It’s the place where the story takes place. We looked at a few different examples from well known picture books such as “Where the Wild Things Are”, “Charlotte’s Web”, and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” to name a few.

    The reason I chose only picture books for examples is due to the fact that picture books use setting on every page, and in interesting ways. Chapter books may have an illustration at the beginning, middle, or end of a chapter (or scattered throughout), but the setting isn’t always the focus. Comic books and graphic novels fall into this category as well. Every comic book story has a setting, but that doesn’t mean that setting is going to be in every panel. Think of it like this; With a comic book or graphic novel, there are panels. Right? The first few panels introduce the viewer, or reader, to the setting. One given page of a comic book or graphic novel might have upwards of eight to ten panels (don’t over clutter your space though!). The setting might be introduced in the first panels so that the reader understands where the story is taking place, but the panels further along in that setting might be a close-up of the characters interacting. In this case, the setting might not be so apparent in those later panels.

    When you think of your setting, think of all the different aspects to that place, or location. Let’s use the ocean as an example here. When you think of the middle of the ocean, there’s a lot to consider as being a part of that setting. If you are on top of the water in the middle of the ocean, then you are pretty limited as to what might be there. Maybe a boat, or a ship? the sun or the moon in the far distance? A plane flying overhead? But under the water in the middle of the ocean is a different story. You have thousands, if not millions, of possibilities. A sunken ship, coral, various rocks, plant life, other aquatic specimens, etc. There’s a lot of possibilities. Along with those numerous possibilities, there’s also things that you don’t typically see under the water in the middle of the ocean; like a computer. There might be one! But you see what I mean.

    When you start to incorporate your setting(s) into your story, remember to refer to that list you should have created early on. What if your story takes place all in one location? Such as inside one room of a house? If this is the case, be sure to show that room from all kinds of different “Perspectives”. Once the tutorial video is up for this week, watch that! Perspective will be explained there in great detail.

    I hope that this helps some in understanding “Setting”. Please remember if you have any questions, post those to the HOME screen here on the Art Gallery Holler, or, create your own “Forum” with your question there!

    Good luck… and see you in the classroom!

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