A great first week of teaching!
This afternoon, marked the end of my four-day mini-camp for budding cartoonists. At the Banfill Locke Center for the Arts, in Fridley, Minnesota they have a building full of cozy-little classrooms, ideal for teaching kids of all ages how to enjoy art.
For my class, “How to draw cartoon characters”, we had a small group. Four kids, ages ranging from 7 to 13 years old and I am happy to say they were all terrific artists. I walked the kids through all kinds of exercises. We drew eyeballs, mouths, ears, hair, hands and feet. We learned how to create cartoon characters using simple shapes. And what kind of characters did we create? We explored an amazing spectrum of possibilities! Ducks, people, dogs, elephants, cats, chipmunks, lions, fish, robots…even monsters! At the end of the four days, we had created a huge pile of cartoons.
Now that this class is over, my next class begins on Monday (June 18), once again at Banfill Locke Center for the Arts. This class, “How to Create a Comic Strip” spans over four days and still has a few spots open if you have a kid who would like to join us. This week’s class was a ton of fun and I expect next week’s class to be just as enjoyable.