8th grade Animals in Art students have been working on creating cartoon animals, specifically focusing on creating comic strips. Students have read a series of articles learning about the basic idea and must-haves to incorporate into comic strips. They have learned vocabulary words such as comic strip, character, panel, gutter, and sequential art. Below is a practice activity we completed where the students developed a character and introduced it in the first panel. The second panel should begin to tell the story by showing the problem or situation that is happening. The final panel is the solution or surprise that ties all 3 panels together into one story. They were encouraged to incorporate text (through thought bubbles, speech bubbles, or captions), use variety in their character drawings (not all the same pose), and using close-ups was optional.