Classes and Workshops

Kids & Teens

The ToonSeum is the place to be for inspiring classes that will fuel your child's creativity and let their imagination soar! We regularly hold exciting cartooning classes taught by professional cartoonists. Our classes are geared for boys and girls from 8 to 16.   Throughout the year, we hold Saturday morning classes for kids and teens and weekday classes during the summer.  Our class fees include all the necessary materials so all your child needs to bring is their spirit of adventure!  Our next set of classes and workshops will be posted shortly. 

August Comics Club – Children ages 7-14

Saturdays, 9:00-10:30 am

The ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15222

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A 4 week introduction to comics for kids. Exciting drawing and sequencing activities will lead kids to create original characters and stories, while increasing their drawing, and visual literacy skills. Students will be able to take home a completed comics project each class, or work on a longer story over the course of 4 weeks. – Taught by Sally Ingraham

Dates

August 5th 2017

August 12th

August 19th

August 26th

$150 for the 4 week session

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About the instructor: Sally Ingraham is a cartoonist, educator, and journalist based in Pittsburgh, PA. She draws comics about Pittsburgh and bird watching, and makes a daily comic strip called “Suzy and Cecil” (with Gabriella Tito). She facilitates the Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency, and is the managing editor of the Comics Workbook Daily News website. She teaches comics classes at schools, libraries, and community centers around Pittsburgh, and maintains a private comics teaching practice as well. She is focused on documenting the current and historic place of women in the comics industry, and developing new talent and interest in the medium.

 

Fall Session for Teens aged 13-17

Six weeks of comics making! Each class will involve an exploration of comics as a medium and as a tool. They will involve comics activities aimed at helping teens develop drawing, writing, and storytelling skills, while increasing their visual literacy. Students will have the opportunity to create work to take home in each class, in addition to pieces that will be included in a class anthology collection. – Taught by Juan Fernandez

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Saturdays, 9:00-10:30 am

The ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15222

Dates

September 9, 2017

Sept. 16

Sept. 23

Sept 30

Oct. 7

Oct 14

10 teens MAX

$200 for the 6 week session

About the instructor: Juan José Fernández is a Pittsburgh comics community organizer, cartoonist and comics maker. He co-organizes the annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair, co-facilitates the Pittsburgh Comics Salon, and provides educational outreach for the Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency and the ToonSeum.

He studied Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon Unversity and holds and MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies and currently works at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

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Adults

The ToonSeum holds a monthly free Pittsburgh Comics Salon in which a working member of the Pittsburgh Comics Community talks about a project they are currently working on, with a focus on their artistic process.  The events run from 6 to 8 pm at The ToonSeum on the third Thursday of each month. 

This events are free to all-age attendees and offer an evening of art, conversation, and an atmosphere of solidarity.

• Drop in on a lecture and presentation by local artists.
• Network with other local comics makers and cartoonists
• Participate in group cartooning exercises

These monthly Salons are a joint venture supported by The ToonSeum, Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency and Copacetic Comics.

 

Courses:

Cartooning for Adults with Marcel Lamont and additional Toonseum artists

Ages 18+

Sessions 1 & 2

Beginners to Intermediate

For anyone who has ever said, “I can’t even draw stick figures,” this is the course for you! Participants will learn how to draw people, faces, hands, hair, etc., while combining real-life drawing with their imaginations to create original characters and build their worlds. Fundamentals of comic-book and comic-strip style storytelling will be covered as well. Pittsburgh artist Marcel Walker will instruct you through live demos with interactive participation, plenty of drawing, and lots of fun!

Session 1

5 Fridays: January 27-March 3 (No class February 17)

10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Member Price: $230 (Non-Member Price: $288)

Session 2

5 Fridays: March 10-April 27 (No class March 24, April 7 or 14)

10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Member Price: $230 (Non-Member Price: $288)

Session 3

Intermediate to Advanced (Prerequisite of having attended previous session advised.)

Learn more advanced skills of the cartoon arts, culminating in drawing your own short comics story! Participants will learn about the interaction of images and words, timing, composition, and how to craft an engaging graphic prose narrative. Fun art exercises will be coupled with time to experiment and develop your cartooning prowess. Pittsburgh artist Marcel Walker will instruct you in bringing your ideas to life with pencils, ink, paper, and fun!

5 Fridays: May 5-June 2

10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Member Price: $230 (Non-Member Price: $288)

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Families

The ToonSeum is a art museum for fans of the comic and cartoon arts. While there are often exhibits that engage the entire family, and a number of activities specifically designed for children, The ToonSeum is not a children's museum. Like any art museum, very young children may be a bit bored by looking at art on the walls. However, children often gravitate toward the several drawing table stations set up in the galleries, including a large one that was used in the production of several Walt Disney Studio productions.  We often have a superhero costume rack set up for children--and adults!--to try on outfits and dress up like their favorite characters.  The ToonSeum is also a great introduction for children to an art museum setting by introducing them to the arts through characters they know and love.

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