Project Description

In this residency students will explore the craft of storymaking — they will develop characters and contexts in narrative to examine conflicts, tension, resolution and growth. Students will also practice embodiment and drawing skills to depict their characters with empathetic features in comics and illustration forms.
Integrated with history/social studies curriculum, this residency can engage creative and critical thinking about the lived experiences of individuals through history and place. Integrated with science and technical subjects, this residency can support student immersion in subject through embodiment and characterization.

Final Product

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe their stories by opening, catalyst, conflict and
  • Students will be able to describe their characters by wants v. needs, roles, and skills/
  • Students will be able to write descriptive sentences about their characters’
    experiences and the world they occupy.
  • Students will be able to depict their characters in illustration with consistent
  • Students will be able to link emotional experiences to circumstances and outcomes,
    based on context of their stories.
  • Students will understand the general structure of a story narrative.
  • Students will understand the purpose of stories for different cultural communities.
  • Students will be able to identify the emotional and physical experiences of others,
    including characters in their and others’ stories.
  • Students will be able to collect research on time periods in history to inform the
    details of their stories and illustrations.
  • Students will be able to use drafting tools to create comics (ruler, protractor)

Suggested Grades

2nd-8th grades

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 4 hours per residency
  • Materials: $3.00 per student
  • Travel from Corvallis

**4j schools choosing this residency through the ArtSpark program will be required to pay a portion of the prep hours**

Learn more about Jen Hernandez here!

Why I teach:

“Art, on its own or in partnership with other disciplines, gives space for radical ideas and different perspectives, which are crucial for transferable learning and problem-solving, and I know that the students I teach will be demanded to confront continuously novel and unprecedented challenges throughout their lives. My teaching artistry focuses on students’ creative thinking and mindfulness of practice, as well as skill-building and technique proficiency. I teach through art so that students and I together can investigate concepts, materials and skills, which we interrogate and hypothesize together, building our practice in dialogue and questioning. — Jen Hernandez

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