Students in the visual art classes were treated to a collaboration with David Lasky, an award-winning graphic novelist who has been making comics for almost 30 years and has been featured in many magazines and weekly papers. David showed the students examples of some of his work, including a very relevant comic funded and distributed by the Seattle Dept. of Public Health in 2008, which was intended to prepare citizens for a possible flu pandemic (you can view the comic here).
As exciting as it was for students to get to meet and talk to an artist who has done what many of them love to do- draw and create art and stories- for a living, the ability to actually collaborate with a professional artist was an incredible opportunity. And, it was also another way in which Sky Islands has strived to maintain its culture by bringing people in to the school community, despite the COVID pandemic.