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Comics Crash Course

Drawing with Feeling

Telling stories is all about taking your audience on an emotional journey. But how can a drawing communicate that a character is sad or angry? Today you will learn a variety of ways to make your drawings express emotions, which will make them more interesting. Have you ever heard the term "emanata" before? By the end of the day, you'll be creating them flawlessly. Your stories will never be the same.


what you’ll need



Ask About Today

What are some of the different ways people (or characters) can express their emotions, feelings, moods, and sensations without using words?

Dinner Discussion

What is the most distinctive facial expression made by each of us in our family? Can you imitate it? What does it communicate?

Skip the Ads

Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.


45-60 minutes


Pure Joy at Comic Con

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Before we start drawing... want to check out the Justice League Batmobile? Let's pay a visit to the biggest celebration of comics in the world: Comic Con in San Diego! Jett and Analei from DC Kids take us behind the scenes. Just think, all these amazing characters and creations started out as a few shapes on a page.

Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.


Expression Sketching with Jarrett

Yesterday's activities helped equip you with the tools you need to draw anything and everything you can think of, and now we'll learn about making your drawings express emotions.

In today's visit with Jarrett, you'll explore "the six main means of expression": (1) eyes, (2) eyebrows, (3) mouth, (4) wrinkles, (5) posture, and (6) "emanata."

Feel free to draw along with the video, or pause it to practice as you go!


It's All Lines

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Meet Nidhi Chanani, the author/illustrator of Pashmina. In this video, Nidhi will show you how she draws kids. Don’t be intimidated—as Nidhi reminds us, drawing is just curved and straight lines!


Drawing with a Different Jarrett

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Want to see another author-illustrator named Jarrett demonstrate how to use expressions? Check out this video from author-illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka.


Learn from the Marvel Masters

Read free Marvel comics online, including Black Panther, X-Men, the Avengers, Moon Girl, Spiderman, and more! Pay attention to how the illustrators use characters' facial expressions and postures to convey emotions like surprise, anger, curiosity, and fear.

Mild Violence


45-60 minutes


Drawing Emotions

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What do you want your drawings to communicate? Make a list of some emotions, feelings, moods, and sensations - like frustration. Then draw characters using the "six main means of expression" to capture them. Show them to a family member and see if they can correctly guess what you are seeking to show.

If you're having trouble, this video will get you unstuck!

Share your work! We'd love to see it. Ask a parent to email a photo to us or share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @CampKinda.


15-30 minutes


Avengers vs. Justice League Workout

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Do you want to build the strength of a superhero? We’ve got you covered! Try this workout, which pits the DC and Marvel universes against one another. Which team will you join?