Sandwich Park District’s comic book class more than drawing

SANDWICH – Thirteen-year-old Sofia Oropeza loves to draw. She’s even been yelled at by teachers for drawing in class.

But at 4 p.m. every Tuesday, she can draw to her heart’s content during the Sandwich Park District’s comic book class.

The class has been meeting at the Sandwich Park District, 1001 N. Latham St., since January. Over the past few months, the class has grown from three students to 15.

Sandwich Park District Director Michael McCann leads the class, which he said is not about teaching how to draw.

“It’s about how words and drawings go hand-in-hand to follow a story,” McCann said. “If the drawings are good or bad, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re being creative and drawing to tell a story.”

Topics discussed in the class have included storyboarding, how to write a script, expressive sound effects and depicting differences in motion.

Students choose the comic topics – pirates, ninjas, Disney characters, science fiction, animals, school, and stick figures.

“I liked learning about movement,” Alicia Kemper, 12, said. “I like seeing the stories and projects others work on, too. Everyone draws very different. It’s fun to have a class where we can draw and create the stories we like.”

For information, call the park district at 815-786-8044.

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