I thought, “Hey, why don’t I open a school of my own and start teaching there?”
I’ve been teaching for many years now–but it’s always been in someone else’s school, and it’s been as much a learning experience for me as the students. Now, I know what I want out of my classes, what I want for my students, and I know where we’re going to be storing the crayons, darn it –and that’s what I’m doing with Ty Templeton’s Comic Book BOOTCAMP!!
And I’m opening it in the most welcoming location in the city of Toronto. A collective space called the Comic Book Embassy, located at 392 Spadina Avenue (Second Floor) in Toronto (Chinatown and on the edge of Kensington Market! Two great neighbourhoods!). I will be sharing the address with several freelance creators; the school will be in the front room overlooking Spadina. It’s an amazing location–two streets south of College on Spadina. The Spadina streetcar has a stop almost directly in front of us. Easy access by TTC, and for those of you who drive, there is a large (and cheap!!) parking garage on the first street south of us (on Baldwin Avenue). AND…we’re only minutes away from The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery, which will make those Wednesday afternoon treks for our new books easy peasy lemon squeezy. I’ve been told it’s only a ten minute bike ride for those bizarrely intent on remaining healthy. Not a bad walk, either, says my wife who has done it many times. (and remember that Guerilla Printing is in the same space as The Lounge, for those of you who need comic books or prints done after you’ve finished taking one of the classes!)
I’m still figuring out tables and chairs –but I already know what classes I’ll be teaching in September. For a new school, I figure it’s best to start at the beginning with the basics, some writin’ and some drawin’.
Head over to the site for my new school, Ty Templeton’s COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP and read all about ’em there!
And don’t worry, there’ll be a schoolwarming party as soon as we get the expensive stuff nailed down. I’ll keep you posted.
Ty the Guy. Teaching Canadians to cartoon, one day at a time!
Here now, your BONUS Boot Camp Comic Book Moment: