Basics of Cartooning with Joseph Chiang

Have you ever wondered how to make your own comic? Or simply having a fascination in narrative art and how you can tell your own story about the pandemic through comics?

In this 2.5-hour masterclass, cartoonist Joseph Chiang will share more about his comic Chronicles of a Circuit Breaker, a collection of comics that recorded life during the circuit breaker in 2020. He will demonstrate ways on basic cartooning such as drawing of characters and the fundamentals of comics. At the end, you will be able to create your comic and put it all together from concept to completion.

Joseph is interested in comics and graphic novels, specifically in the form as a memoir or autobiography. During the circuit breaker in 2020, he started a journal to record the daily happenings to document his life during the semi-lockdown. This became the inspiration for Chronicles of a Circuit Breaker.

This masterclass is offered as part of our education programme for Hope from Chaos: Pandemic Reflections during the mid-year school holidays.


About Chronicles of a Circuit Breaker

Funny and stark, this comic strip memoir relives the surreal days of Singapore’s Circuit Breaker days from April to June 2020. Cartoonist Joseph Chiang records the strangeness and the mundanity of daily life during the Circuit Breaker such as the toilet paper shortage, mask-wearing woes and forced family time. Chiang’s slice-of-life stories provide humour during unprecedented times and document local events and idiosyncrasies that stemmed from this new-normal era.

The book is available for purchase at the Retail shop at ArtScience Museum.

About Creative Recharge: Holiday Programmes
About Creative Recharge: Holiday Programmes

Curated as part of ArtScience Museum’s Season of Mental Wellbeing, Creative Recharge: Holiday Programmes explores how art-making has helped us tide through the pandemic with a range of activities suitable for the entire family!

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11 Jun
10.30am – 1pm
The Sun, Basement 1
S$35 per participant, limited slots available.
Recommended for 14 years old and above

Artist Biography

Joseph Chiang
Joseph Chiang is a visual artist and printmaker. He is the founder of Monster Gallery, a creative print studio; and the Young Printmakers League, a mentorship programme supported by Noise Singapore. He was commissioned by the National Arts Council to organise the Contemporary Printmaking Festival as part of Singapore Art Week 2017. He has exhibited in Singapore and internationally, and was invited to show his work at the 10th World Triennale of Original Prints and Engravings in Chamalieres, France in 2017.

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