Full program description
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Date(s): November 15 –19 (Monday - Friday)
Course Number: #6448
Learn how to transform the absurdity of everyday life and our current zeitgeist into hilarious single panel cartoons. Once associated with the staid culture of print media, the gag cartoon has found new power and purpose on social media as the 'original meme'. We'll discuss the artist's that helped create the form (many of them League artists!) from Daumier and Hogarth to Grosz, Marsh, Arno, and Addams through to Roz Chast and Liana Finck. We'll try to find the essence of what makes this one of the most enduring popular art forms ever conceived and then get straight to work on finding your own comic voice, drawing style, and pumping out cartoons. So, whether you want to offer wry philosophical insights, cutting political observations or simply get to the bottom of the public's insatiable appetite for pumpkin spice lattes once the weather turns a little chilly, this is the class for you.
About the Instructor
Born and raised in New York City, Guy Richards Smit is known for his paintings, video installations, musicals and cartoons exploring the themes of narcissism, desire, power, and failure. Using pop cultural forms such as Stand-Up comedy, Pop Music, Comic Books, Gag Cartoons and even television Sitcoms, he has conveyed a sharply observant cultural and political message with philosophical observations and humor. He has exhibited at, among others, The Museum of Modern Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and The Pompidou Center while his gag cartoons appear weekly in Hyperallergic and with somewhat less frequency in the New Yorker.