Jesse van Muijlwijk was born in 1961 in Groningen, the Netherlands. At the age of 15 he published his first comic strips in Dutch magazines. From 1979 to 1985 he studied Law at the Groningen University, graduating with a Masters degree of Law. He also studied at the Groningen School of Art 'Minerva.' He makes a daily comic strip called "The Judge" for 14 Dutch newspapers, cartoons and comic strips for clients throughout the world, performs as stand-up cartoonist, gives workshops and develops his own art. In 2010 Jesse received the National Award for comic strip artists in the Netherlands from the Dutch Comic Strip Society, and in 2011 and 2018 his work was exhibited in the Dutch National Comic Strip Museum.
This was a terrific project for our school to be involved with. It was successful in having students combine listening, re-telling, writing, summarizing and drawing all in one very enjoyable project. Mr. van Muijlwijk was excellent in working with and teaching the students about graphic novels and they all enjoyed their time with him. Ian Craigon, Principal, Huband Park Elementary
Making comic strips and cartoons is fun and a great learning experience. Students will learn to draw faces with all kinds of expressions, and add texts to them in speech and thought balloons. They will draw different bodies with them and place them in various situations. Jesse stimulates the students by drawing many examples on the blackboard. In little exercises students can try for themselves and combine drawings with self-written texts. Visual art and literature skills will be developed simultaneously. Making a real comic strip with several sequential pictures will be the result students can proudly take home.
For this workshop the students interview a family member (ideally an elder) and turn a piece of family history into a visual story. In the classroom Jesse helps the students turning their story into a concise text, setting up a storyboard and making the drawings. He explains about drawing portraits, drawing all kinds of items, and perspective drawing, with examples on the blackboard and little exercises which are fun to do.