Creativity is a natural and essential impulse. It also needs time and energy to foster within each of us.

Tyson designs and leads workshops and group studies revolving around visual storytelling, both in-person and online. He works with children, teens, and adults. His teaching uses focused presentation, group discussion, and hands-on activities to allow participants to uncover and share the knowledge and skills within them. In these ways, Tyson acts on his desire to bring people together and help them show the world their best through creative practice.

Below are examples of programs Tyson has developed and shared. Contact him to talk about these or other educational opportunities.

 

Creating Characters

Characters drive a story. Learn the basics of developing a character for visual storytelling: create a character, consider their appearance and props from all angles, and develop their backstory through writing. Then, begin bringing them to life in a comic strip.

 

Creating Worlds

Every story exists within a world. Discuss the essentials of a convincing world, learn the two story-building approaches, and then collaborate as a group using images and text to start developing a world for an immersive visual story.

 

Developing Story

While every story is unique, they all follow some form of structure that storytellers can use to tell tales of their own. Learn about three-act story structures as a tool for outlining your story. Then, use pictures and words with the three-act framework to develop your story from beginning to end.

 

Making Comics

Sequences of images have been used for telling stories for nearly as long as humans have been able make marks, making comics one of the most accessible and inviting ways to tell stories. Be introduced to the essentials for understanding and discussing comics and their “anatomy”: panels, gutters, spreads, page flow, and much more. Then, learn how to break down your own story ideas into readable, effectively paced comics.

 

Stories & Symbols

Stories and symbols help us make sense to our lives and find purpose, and this may be true more for artists than most. In this study group series for creative types, review readings, respond to text- and art-based prompts, and engage in group discussions about narrative, symbols, and art-making. Uncover the stories and symbols driving your creative life and further develop your relationship with them.

 

To talk about these or other educational opportunities, contact Tyson.