Jerzy DrozdVisual Arts, Comics & Graphic Novels
Jerzy Drozd leads cartooning workshops for children and teens in libraries and schools, as well as for teachers who want to bring comics to the classroom. He wrote and drew Science Comics: Rockets with his wife, Anne Drozd, and is one of the artists of The Warren Commission Report. He also podcasts about comics and how to make them.
Jerzy has drawn special projects for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, Marvel Comics, VIZ Media, and others. He is currently creating a webcomic with writer Dan Mishkin about a magical school called Amazon Academy.
Jerzy began work as a teaching artist in 2007 when he served as the lead teaching artist for the ArtServe Michigan’s Literacy Arts Comic Book Project, in which he visited 10 Detroit public schools (grades 3-6) to teach students how to make comic books. He has since led workshops and classes throughout Michigan and across North America, including a two-day workshop for educators at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He served as the programming coordinator for the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival since 2009.
Jerzy enjoys connecting kids with comics in a meaningful way. The visual language of comics unlocks new forms of expression that appeal to different learning modalities. Kids who may be labeled as “reluctant readers” can discover a love of reading and writing through cartooning. He especially enjoys connecting his lesson plans with classroom curricula—he feels a strong sense of mission to be an ally not only to the students but to the other teachers who are also advocating for them.
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adults
Facilities and Resources Required
- Electrical Outlets
- Paper and pencils
- Dry erase board
Images and video courtesy of the teaching artist.