Join NH teaching artist Marek Bennett of Marek Bennett's COMICS WORKSHOP for this hands-on non-fiction comics lab featuring materials from the Vermont Folklife Center and Vermont Historical Soceity or materials you bring along. We'll look at basic techniques of cartooning and comics creation, then try our hands at drawing original comics based on primary source texts - including letters, diaries, oral history transcripts and recordings, photographs and other materials. Our discussions will address elements of readability, historical accuracy, point of view, research, and the responsibilities of the artist as an interpreter of historical narratives.
May 18: Recording Audio for Oral History and Ethnography (in Middlebury, VT)
This workshop provides a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of digital audio, types of common field-recording microphones, and the use of digital audio recorders. The workshop includes hands-on exercises with equipment in an actual interview setting.
June 1: Oral History: An Introduction (in Saint Albans, Vermont)
This workshop combines discussion of the theories and methods that inform oral history research with practical, hands-on training in oral history interview techniques. The class includes a demonstration interview followed by group discussion of the interview process. Attendees will also work as teams to conduct interviews using provided digital audio recording equipment. The day concludes with reflection on interviewing and a discussion of project ideas.
June 8: Storytelling for Social Change (in Middlebury, Vermont)
This workshop explores the ethics and techniques of oral history, ethnography, and storytelling as activist research methodologies. Attendees will engage with short media pieces and discussions, will be invited to take a critical and analytical look at the history of documentary work, and will learn the basics of skills such as interviewing, story circle facilitation, and ethnographic observation. We will also cover the technical aspects of storytelling, providing an introduction to tools for minimal-resource and mobile audio recording.
June 15: Drawing from the Past: A non-fiction comics workshop (in Middlebury, Vermont)