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. 

COURSES -

Cartooning Basics with Toonseum working artist

Six Sessions on Tuesdays: January 17-February 21

Learn how to design and draw fun cartoon characters using basic, simple shapes, simple design and many other “secret” tricks cartoonists use everyday to create your own comic page! Then, see how these techniques are used through a step-by-step drawing exercise. Bussing from all FCASD Elementary Schools and Dorseyville Middle School is available for this class. Parents and caregivers provide the ride home.

Ages: 8-12

4:00-5:30 PM

Member Price: $150 (Non-Member Price: $188)

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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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