Superhero Training Academy!
Everybody has dreams of being a Superhero, fantasies of leaping over tall buildings, outracing jet planes, and saving the day with spectacular super-powers. But being a Superhero isn't just about having super-strength and fighting crime in your underwear.
Join us as we learn what it takes to be a real Superhero in the ToonSeum’s first ever Superhero Training Academy!
Students will begin the day by developing their very own Superhero design through a series of drawing lessons and costume creation. Then, strap on your utility belts for a series of problem-solving games and hands-on activities designed to strengthen super-strong wits! Our Super-recruits will meet with local local civic leaders to help solve the challenges that face our community and offer their skills toward making Pittsburgh a Super City.
Superhero Training Academy is designed to reinforce creativity and civic responsibility by exploring the basic moral codes of community activism, good citizenship, and personal fitness in a fun and challenging format. Students will meet real-life “Superheroes” including firefighters, police officers, and local politicians who work for the good of the people of Pittsburgh and will be asked to offer their solutions to the problems that face our city.
All heroes will receive a diploma from the ToonSeum Superhero Training Academy, a Superhero cape, mask, and design-it-yourself t-shirt, as well as all supplies needed for the day (students should bring a lunch).
Cost $150 non-members
How To Toon
How to Toon Cartooning Basics Learn the basic skills needed to create your own cartoon characters and then bring them to life. Through simple line exercises and easy-to-follow step-by-step lessons, students will be amazed at their own skills and abilities. With a strong emphasis on character development through personality, costume, character relationships and plot, this class not only reinforces drawing skills, but provides students with logical formulas for visual storytelling.
All supplies are included, art supplies cases, cartooning book, markers and pencils are provided for students to keep.
Recommended for ages 6-12
Class size is limited to no more than 25 students.
July 8th- 10th, 9:30am-3pm each day.
Cost is $150 for non-members and $125 for ToonSeum members.
Students should bring a lunch with them each day.
About the instructor:
Joe Wos is not only the founder and executive director of the ToonSeum he has been a cartooning instructor for over 20 years! His popular How To Toon has been taught nationwide. Joe was the first resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa California, where he continues to teach workshops every year.
Want to make 3D art at home? Join filmmaker/musician Jeff Boller from The Simple Carnival (www.simplecarnival.com) as he reveals the magic tricks behind making 3D (stereoscopic) art.
This free workshop is intended for kids ages 7-12 (and their parents).
You'll learn how 3D works. You'll learn how to turn a regular 2D camera into a 3D camera. You'll participate in 3D photography demonstrations. You'll see how ordinary things like pencils, construction paper, and paint can be used to make sophisticated animated 3D cartoons.
Prepare to be amazed...and to have fun!
More info here: http://www.simplecarnival.com/workshops.php
Kids workshop is limited to 20 children and 20 adults. The teen workshop is limited to 40.
Cartoon Prep College Art Camp
On day one you will be developing your own cartoon character from start to finish. In addition, you will make the character turn, move, talk and make funny faces.
On the second day you will create your own comic strip. You can develop your character from day one and add scenery and a storyline to complete the panel(s). At the end of camp there will be a show and tell of the character and your story.
This camp is recommended for students ages 13 & up. Adults are also welcome!
July 24th & 25th 11am-4pm
About the Teacher:
Diana Zourelias is currently an Illustration and Cartooning teacher at Oakbridge Academy of Art in Lower Burrell specializing in cartooning, portriture and anatomy.
In addition, Zourelias is a freelance artist whose work has appeared in the hidden pictures of Highlights Magazine as well as in the humorous greeting cards of Ruscraft Cards, American Greetings and Hallmark . You may have also recognized her work with her line of popular gift wraps for Garven LLC., the Looney Toon characters of Trau and Loevner and even Pittsburgh icons such as the logos for both Dingbats and Abates and most recently Guardian Storage.
In addition to her print work, Diana also appeared online with American Greetings and her comic series Granny's Garden, which followed the precocious life of a grandmother and her long adoration for floral and fauna. Other works include her work for Dover Publications that includes "Monster Bugs" and "Monster Insects", Mix and Match Princesses, Celebrity Parents, Celebrity Kids Paper Dolls, Presidential Pets, Abraham Lincoln Activity Book, Fairyland Hidden Pictures and many more.