Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Gregory D Stump
Partner Type
Individual
Profile Photo
Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
I’ve been working in Seattle as a teacher and freelance artist/writer for close to two decades. Currently I teach as a writer-in-residence in Seattle public schools through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program, and through a few other organizations including Pratt, the Richard Hugo House, Seattle University, and the Frye Art Museum. (Other institutions I’ve worked with in the past include Arts Corps, Coyote Central, Powerful Schools, the Seattle Public Library, the Bellevue Art Museum, and the Kirkland Art Center.) My primary medium, for both my teaching and my artistic practice, is comics. I’ve been a regular contributor to the weekly paper The Stranger, have been nominated for multiple awards for my comic book series Urban Hipster, and recently had a graphic novel, Disillusioned Illusions, published by Fantagraphics Books. One the best things about being a comics teacher is getting to work with students of all ages, and seeing how the same exercises and activities -- adjusted for different audiences -- can help reveal the unique power of graphic storytelling. I’m a firm believer that the comics medium is a highly accessible one, for all ages and for all levels of ability.

Contact Information

First Name
Greg
Last Name
Stump
Address
915 E. Harrison St. #307
Address 2
City
Seattle
State
WA
Zip
98102
Phone
206.568.5059

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Type
I teach comics, graphic novels, and illustration.
Discipline
Literary Art or Spoken Word/Performance Poetry, Visual Art

Experience

Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
No
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes
Experience with English Language Learners
Yes
Experience with Students in Special Education
None

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
My approach to teaching as a guest or resident artist is to meet with the classroom teacher beforehand, determine goals and desired outcomes, and come up with a general plan for the entire run of the sessions, which I then share with the teacher prior to the first class. I always try to ascertain from the classroom teacher what skills the students already have, so that I can tailor my lessons to fit their needs. Typically, if there are more than a few sessions planned, I’ll save the last class or two for working on individual culminating projects. When students give a sustained focus to a piece that reflects the all the skills they've learned, it makes clear how much they've absorbed as seen in their creative decisions. These pieces can then be presented and read to the class via a document camera, or collected and printed in a classroom comic book zine made by myself on the school’s photocopy machine. Getting to take home a class anthology both gives a sense of accomplishment and lets students compare the different approaches and styles of their classmates.    
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Most of the residencies I've done have been in a language arts context, but I've also worked with science and history teachers. I've led sessions that involved turning scientific concepts into characters and stories that helped the students understand the material they were studying. Historical curricula integrates naturally with comics, too. Students can create comics about a particular figure or period, and in the process of having to visualize the circumstances of other times and places, they'll be more apt to retain what they've learned. The comics medium is a flexible one for integrated residencies, and it's not hard to imagine how drawing stories and processes could aid one in learning philosophy, foreign languages, math, or any number of subjects. I'm open to a wide range of possibilities.
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
While I don't have any special training to work with autistic students, over the years I've had many such students in my classes (as well as in occasional one-on-one tutoring sessions) and I am consistently amazed at how effective comics are as a learning tool for this population. Many on the autistic spectrum self-describe as visual thinkers, which makes creating comics an ideal to way to develop writing skills. More than once, I've been told that a student who struggled with writing assignments was able to succeed far beyond expectations when participating in my classes, and that there proved to be lasting and definite impacts long after the residency ended.
Testimonials from Schools
Alicia Craven, Program Manager, Writers in the Schools. acraven@lectures.org, 206.621.2230 (x13). Mary Whisenhunt, Language Arts teacher (6th grade), McClure Middle School. mewhisenhunt@seattleschools.org. David Lasky, teaching artist. davidlasky@yahoo.com, 206.604.7058.

Fees

Fees
Fees for classroom visits vary depending on the number of hours involved and, in some cases, the time it takes me to travel to the location. For residencies, I generally charge between $70 to $90/hr. Included in that fee are the planning, preparation, and end-of-residency culminating projects that occur outside of classroom time.

Images

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This is page one of a two-page comic that ran in City Arts in 2013.
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Page two of the above comic.
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This is a comic that ran in The Stranger in 2005.
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Another 2005 comic from The Stranger.
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Image Description
This illustration ran in City Arts in 2013.

Video

Video Description
Video Description
This is a illustrated video collaboration I made for Seattle University's Matteo Ricci College, where I am an adjunct lecturer.
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