Yes, it’s true! Our pilot program is currently underway in Burlington, Vermont and I paid them a visit a couple weeks ago.
But first I should explain how this program came to be. You see, it all started this past summer when our Artner Lauren Larken was on her Altaer Wild Mountain Spirit Retreat. That’s where she met Kim Hewitt, a middle school teacher from Vermont. Larken then visited Kim in the fall, where they schemed up the idea of doing some sort of after school club involving Will Whit.
That’s when I got involved, and from there we designed this 8-week after-school graphic adventure club where each week the students would read and discuss the graphic novel. (Donated by Abrams Books, thank you very much!!) Students then do a related creative activity, featuring lessons written by Kim and I.
Here’s Otter Valley Middle School and our notice in the school bulletin:
During the day I spoke to Kim’s English classes, and then after school I got to meet the students in our club! Who were wildly imaginative and gracious. I gave a interactive lecture on visual storytelling and got them started on their mini-comic…
Oh, and we also made a hurricane.
I’ve gotta say, it’s nice being back in a middle school classroom teaching one of MY lessons.
Kim’s house is on the edge of a lake (which you can see in the top photo of Kim) which is so frozen that we could go exploring across the water…
Visiting the program was really inspiring, so much so that I spent the next day frantically writing out an exciting new program model! I can’t wait to see how this part of the Will & Whit Project develops, and we’ll be keeping you posted along the way. Stay tuned!