Summer Academy Camps

Comic Book 1: Beginning and Intermediate

Register by March 22nd to receive $20 off day camp, $40 off overnight camp and a free t-shirt!

In this camp, you'll work on developing your drawing and inking techniques, and learn how to create characters, write dialogue and develop a basic storyline. You'll participate in guided activities and fun drawing games, designed to advance your technical skills and show you how fun art can be! Students will have the chance to sit in on special workshops, which are developed based on student needs and interests. Time will be spent each day on a final project of your own design, which will be scanned and published electronically in the Annual SAUGA Comic Book Anthology. Everyone works at their own pace, so both beginning and intermediate students are welcome. Most students attend this camp for several years before moving on to the advanced camp.

Ages: 11-17

Course Information

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Course Date: Monday, June 8, 2015 - Friday, June 12, 2015
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $350

  • Optional Extended Day at Legion Pool until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $750

This course is appropriate for both absolute beginners and students with some prior experience in art or drawing. We recommend that students attend at least two years of this camp before moving on to Comic Book 2.

Financial Assistance:
Students who need financial assistance are encouraged to request it as early as possible, and before registering for camp. Forms will be available for download in the right hand column of this page as soon as registration opens, and will be processed in the order they are received. Notification of financial assistance will be emailed out beginning in mid-May, and could be sent as late as three weeks before your camp begins if funds are still available. Awards range from 50-65% of the total cost of the camp, so students should be prepared to pay 35%-50% of the cost upon notification of financial assistance. Payment plans can be arranged, but all payments must be received no later than two weeks before camp begins. If you have any questions about the process, please call us at 706-542-3537 or email us at questions [at] georgiacenter [dot] uga [dot] edu.


Patrick Dean graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. His comics and illustrations appeared weekly in Athens’ Flagpole Magazine for a decade, and his work has been published in Legal Action Comics, Typhon, The Comic Eye, Vice Magazine, and The Oxford American Magazine. He lives in Athens with his wife, two kids, a cat, and a dog that acts like a cat. This is Patrick’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.