Kite-writing: Flying Comics

September 2, 2011 | 826 Blog Post

Kite-writing: Flying Comics
Led by CarolynRose Stone and Elaine Reed
Ages: 9-11, 12 students
Thursday, September 15, 6-8pm (one session)

Did you know that kites have been used for almost 3,000 years to send important messages between friends and enemies? In this workshop, we’ll make kites (yes! real kites that actually fly!) and turn them into soaring comic books. We will think up stories in storyboard frames, construct really cool kites, and then put your comics onto kites to fly. Your kite will tell a story from above – imagine a supervillan’s face floating menacingly in the sky or an incredibly funny joke that can make the crowds below you collapse with laughter! You can enter your flying comic kite in the Millennium Chinese Kite Festival coming up on September 26, and you just might win the contest for most literary kite. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an 826 flying comic!

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. For more information about the exciting 50th anniversary celebration of the Center for Chinese Studies, click here.

CarolynRose’s mother once told her she had a vivid imagination, little knowing her daughter would go on to write on most any surface: snow, spaghetti sauce, and, of course, walls. She worked as a writer in residence at Willow Run Kaiser Elementary and had as much fun as the students.

Elaine Reed has helped as a volunteer and workshop leader at 826michigan for about 4 years, assisting with Friday field trips and teaching her ever-popular workshop “My Life as a Robot” six times! She is currently Artist in Residence for the Bedside Art Program with the Gifts of Art Program at the U of M Hospital, as well as a part time Program Coordinator Assistant to the University of Michigan Turner Center for Geriatrics.

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