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Students get lesson in creating comic expression (w/video)

By Bianca Montes
May 28, 2014 at 12:28 a.m.

Using a black marker, Bailey Garcia, 10, of Victoria, works on outlining an ogre drawing during a two-part class taught by local card game entrepreneurs Josh Garrett and Jordan Basaldua at the Victoria Public Library in Victoria.



• Taught by Michele Evans, director of the Manhattan Art Program in Victoria.

• Come and make a variety of two- and three-dimensional projects - drawing, pastels, sculpture and more.

• Grades first to third: June 16-19

• Grades fourth and up: June 23-26

• Grades first to third: July 7-10

• Grades fourth and up: July 14-17

• Cost: $65 per four-day session plus $10 supply fee. Classes limited to six children.

• To reserve space, send a $20 deposit made out to Michele Evans along with registration information to: 407 Monterrey Drive, Victoria, TX 77904. For more information, email or call 361-649-8092. Include class date, child's name and grade, cell and work phone, email address, parents' names and address in registration information.

• Victoria Art League

• 905 S. Bridge St.

• Art Camp - Taught by Claire Santallena for elementary-age children.

• 8:30-11:30 a.m. daily, June 23-27

• Cost: $80 and $20 for supplies

• 6-7 p.m. Mondays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 for elementary- and junior-high-aged students

• Cost: $50 for all four sessions

• Call Santallena at 361-218-9566 to sign up or email

• Paint the Town Kids' Classes - Taught by Sarah Weatherly

• from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, June 18-Aug. 13

• Cost: $35 each session

• Call Weatherly at 254-723-8080 or email

• Also possible art workshop in July. Dates to be announced.

• Interested people may call the Art League at 361-572-0825 to register.


• Family Craft: Rockin' Creature - In the Children's Department, from 3-4 p.m. June 17

• Have a blast creating your favorite rock creature with paint.

• Family Craft: Wild Animal Masks - In the Children's Department, from 3-4 p.m. June 23

• Oink like a pig, bark like a dog and roar like a lion. Color a mask to become your favorite animal.

• Family Craft: Endless Marble Painting - In the Children's Department, from 3-7 p.m. July 7Mix and swirl yourself a zip lock bag masterpiece of water, paint and sparkles. This no-mess craft can be repeated over and over.

• Family Craft: Salt Art - In the Children's Department, from 3-4 p.m. July 14

• Brighten up your house with your very own art-in-a-jar. Mix and match colorful salt to create a beautiful paperweight.

Bailey Alexander Garcia wants to be a cartoon artist. He's been doodling for years, but the 10-year-old said now is the time to take drawing to the next level.

Sitting in a room with about 20 other art enthusiasts on May 15, the fourth-grader paid close attention to the advice of local artists Josh Garrett and Jordan Basaldue as they taught the group about using mediums, such as Photoshop, to turn pencil drawings into electronic art.

The class was hosted by the Victoria Public Library.

In the two-part class, the artists gave a hands-on lecture about sketching, where to draw inspiration from and how to take a penciled image and ink it electronically. On the second day, they continued with a demonstration on coloring in Photoshop.

This was the first time the class was offered through its Tech Extras program, said training services manager Katherine Henley.

Henley said the library is always looking for new technology content to bring to the public. They are talking about continuing the comic art class. The two artists spent the last 18 months creating a card game, Random Encounters, and took all they had learned through trial, error and success and presented it to the class filled with men, women and children of all ages.

Garcia sat in the front of the class, his lips pursed as he clicked his mouse around the screen - he was almost memorized by all the sketches of villains and superheroes that reflected from the screen into the lenses of his glasses.

He wasn't shy, and although he was the youngest in the class, he boldly raised his hand with each question that crossed his mind and never hesitated to join in with nearby conversation.

"He just has this creative side to him that I never had," his dad, Sean Garcia, of Victoria, said. "He's very smart, he loves to read and is just engrossed with mythologies like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter."

The drawing, he said quickly grew from small doodles to a passion, and when he saw the class advertised at the library, he knew it was something Bailey would want to enroll in. Garcia said his son has immense creativity and he's grateful places such as the library tap into it.

"And it's free," he said.

Bailey said he most enjoys the freedom of art - and that it doesn't get boring.

At the moment, his favorite character to draw is the Tardis, a fictional time machine from the popular series "Dr. Who" because - well - he loves the show.

"You can get as creative as you want and no one can take that from you," he said.



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