Raúl Gonzalez, a.k.a. illustrator Raúl The Third

A 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow

Raul Gonzalez (a.k.a. illustrator Raul III) teaches comic book art workshop

Raúl Gonzalez (a.k.a. illustrator Raúl III) teaches comic book art workshop


Seeing the Story: Comic Book Art
Workshops and Residencies

Page 1 from Raúl's children's book, "Lowrider's In Space"

Page 1 from Raul’s children’s book, “Lowrider’s In Space”

Students hone their visual communication and storytelling skills through hand-drawing their own comic book characters or original graphic tale with the guidance of award-winning artist Raúl Gonzalez, also known as children’s book illustrator, Raúl III. An inspiring teacher, Raúl has taught at both the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute for Contemporary Arts in Boston. Graphic novels, anime, and comic book art are ideal genres for learning to express personal stories and work through challenges in a visual, tactile, and imaginative way. Students will practice finding their story, expressing ideas through line, shape and color, and creating narrative through visual sequencing. They will leave with a completed hard copy of their own graphic creation. For one time workshops, students will create their own comic book characters. Multi-session residencies will have students creating their own comic strips.

Target Grades: 4-12
Duration: 45 minutes
Participants: 30 students


  • Travel Fee: based upon mileage (calculate below)
  • School must schedule at least three workshops in a single day.
  • For all residencies, a one-time planning session fee of $125 will apply.
  • Note: pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time

    Book trailer: Lowriders In The Center of the Earth, illustrated by Raúl III

    Raúl Gonzalez was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up going back and forth between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, México. In 2011 Beautiful/Decay in collaboration with Canson awarded him a Wet Paint Grant. In 2009 Gonzalez received an award from the Artadia Foundation for Art and Culture. He was voted Boston’s best visual artist for 2010 by readers of The Boston Phoenix. His work has been exhibited widely in the northeast including The Drawing Center in New York, the Aidekman Gallery at Tufts University in Medford, MA and The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, Ogunquit Museum of American Art as well as on the west coast at SCION Installation, San Francisco Art Institute and Self-Help Graphics in Los Angeles.
    In 2010 he worked on his first large scale mural sponsored by the Boston Arts Commission installed in the neighborhood of East Boston. Gonzalez is committed to introducing youth to the visual arts and has taught in the education departments of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2011 Gonzalez collaborated with over 125 kids from all over the city of Boston to create a work titled “and their Families” for the Linde Family Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.Gonzalez lives in Somerville, MA, with his partner Elaine Bay and their infant son Raúl, IV. He is represented by Carroll and Sons, Boston. Credited as Raúl The Third, he is the illustrator of the new book, Lowriders In Space


    Note From A Lexington 5th Grader

    “Thank you for helping Sarah and I bring Raúl into our art rooms. The students really enjoyed him and he brought many messages and examples to them that reinforced our own philosophies and teaching practices. It was a real pleasure for all…students and adults! Our superintendent, assistant superintendent and principal also came to sit in on one of his sessions and I saw many smiles and nods of agreement from them. I think they are also now in his ‘fan club.’ It was a pleasure to work with all of you on this unique learning experience for our 6th grade artists.”
    -Elaine Schaffner, Art Teacher, Thurston Middle School, Westwood, MA

    “Raúl Gonzalez: learning his art at 7-11”, by Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe, July 1, 2016.

    CALCULATE MILEAGE (double mileage below to account for initial and return trip)
    Mileage Rates