Portrait of Steven Guarnaccia with fancy designs drawn on his face

Visual Narrative

with Steven Guarnaccia
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 • Wednesday, March 3, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Apply or nominate a worthy colleague here.

Deadline: January 26.

In this master class we’ll explore strategies, both contemporary and historical, used in the creation of visual narratives, whether in a children’s book, an animation, a comic, a zine, and so on. We’ll consider narratives told with images alone or with images presented in list form or as pages in a sketchbook, as well as narratives that include 3-dimensional elements and that alter the conventional orientation of the page. We’ll also look at narratives that use one or more of these strategies in order to provide an idea of how visual narratives have been made, and to offer a sense of the possibilities available.

This is a two-session master class. In the first session, teachers learn from the master. In the second, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Steven Guarnaccia, illustrator and designer, is associate professor of illustration at Parsons School of Design. He was previously the art director of the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and during his 40-year career, has worked for many publications, including Abitare, Rolling Stone, and Domus. He is the author of books on popular culture and design, including Black and White, a book on the absence of color, and has received awards from the AIGA, the Art Directors Club, and the Bologna Book Fair. His children’s books include The Three Bears: A Tale Moderne, The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale, and Cinderella: A Fashionable Tale.