Teaching Artfully by Meghan Parker
Trade Paperback – Clover Press – Jul 2021 – 224 pages
A groundbreaking sensation: a Master’s thesis done in comics form! Now Teaching Artfully is a compelling graphic novel! If you loved Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud or Unflattening by Nick Sousanis you will fall in love with this revolutionary and delightful book. In fact Sousanis provides a fascinating introduction!
Teaching Artfully draws the reader in as it presents the growth and explorations of an early-career art teacher, the author Meghan Parker. Parker comes to understand both her teaching and art-making practices through making insightful comics. The reader, too will find themselves illuminated, inspired and entertained! Teaching Artfully looks at daily teaching practices, visual literacy, the teacher’s experience, relationships, and engagement with life inside and outside of schools. It uses a unique visual form to emphasize the importance of learning to understand and communicate using images.
First created as a Masters thesis in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Teaching Artfully playfully and earnestly encourages us to see the arts as a way to connect with one another and find our common humanity. Creative people, educators and the general public are sure to connect with the call for meaningful engagement with the arts.
Graphic novel lovers of all sorts will find an awakening in Parker’s approach to the creation of space and opportunities for students to imagine and create new possibilities.