[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]



Debora Supplitt



Creating comics is powerful teaching tool that sparks interests with struggling readers, writers, and creative visual artists. Discover the engaging pedagogical super power that an innovative comic creation and publication curriculum provides as repellent to any dull art studio kryptonite.  Participants will be introduced to one of the best comprehensive storytelling curricula, Pop Culture Classroom “Storytelling Through Comics, and Fable Visions online publishing tool, “Get Published” which features resources from New York Times best seller, Peter Reynolds, author of “The Dot and ish”.   By blending these two powerful resources, participants will focus on how to apply, produce and publish collaboratively created comics in their common core art studio classes. 

Participants will come away with hands-on creative ready-to-use comic lessons, assessment tools, rubrics, comic vocabulary, character development, creative story ideas, art studio activities, online resources and ideas for developing a one of a kind published, collaboratively created comic book.  Text cost is $50 for Pop Culture Classroom Storytelling Through Comics” plus $25 annual access for Fable VisionsGet Published”. (Please Note: Request the "Get Published" resource from your instructor at

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Explored Pop Culture’s “Storytelling Through Comics” comprehensive curriculum for story telling and comics.
  • Discuss components of basic creative comic strips.
  • Examine the conventions of comic development.
  • Analyze the online resource by Fable Vision “Get Published!”.
  • Apply interactive resource to create a stories and/or comics from “Get Published!". 

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



Pop Culture Classroom Presents: “Storytelling Through Comics”.  Comprehensive Teacher’s Guide.

Digital Download contact instructor at: for access


Fable Visions "Get Published!"  for access to publishing videos and worksheets. Contact your instructor at: for access.

None. All reading is online.


“Storytelling Through Comics”. Comprehensive Teacher’s Guide and "Get Published!" Contact instructor at: for access.


Debora Supplitt M.F.A-A.Ed./M.Ed. received her Masters (M.Ed.) and Bachelor of Art (B.A.) degree from San Francisco State University and Masters of Fine Arts in Art Education (M.F.A.-A.Ed,) from Boston University. She has worked with students of all levels, including preschool, elementary, middle school, high school and professional educators, since 1980. She is certified in Washington, Oregon and California in Pre/K-12-Adult Special and Elementary Education and is highly qualified in the core areas of Art, Music, Reading, and Special Education as well as being a trained Intervention Specialist. Debora knows the importance of providing a creative environment where all students and teachers can thrive. Presently she is working in her dream position as a full time middle school Art Teacher. Debora provides classroom teachers with the tools and resources needed to integrate art into the daily curriculum and is always busy developing new, creative and fun workshops for teachers. She is passionate about providing exciting, meaningful, useful and fun filled continuing education for all teachers.




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Comic Strip Creation Tools  (2015). An interactive online tool for comic creation. Select one and create and print out your comic. Explore Student-Friendly Searches at the bottom of the site.

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Edutopia (2015).  Bookmaking Across Subjects: Making Learning Last Longer 5:03 Video Symonds Elementary uses school wide projects like bookmaking to combine academics and art in ways that excite and engage students, and make learning feel more personalized and fun.

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