The Chuck Jones Big Draw is Almost Here!!

The most SPACE-tacular fall event is here!

It's time once again for one of the best events of the year! The Chuck Jones Big Draw, a FUNdraiser for creativity, will be open from 1-4pm on Sunday, October 13th at our Center: 3321 Hyland Ave. Suite A & B, Costa Mesa, Ca.

A carnival atmosphere focused on Outer Space Exploration and Planet X will pervade this family-friendly event where you and your children will be able to participate in tons of creativity stations. You’ll create rocket banks, build your own space ship and space helmet, design and make Planet X creatures, enjoy toy-making, animation light-table drawing, and a stop-motion animation station where you’ll be able to make your own cartoon using some of Chuck's favorite characters!

You don't want to miss this.

Check out the silent auction and discover amazing prizes like...

These magnificent, original, framed murals!

Wile E. Coyote created by the talented students at Save Our Youth Center, and proceeds from this item’s auction benefit our creativity & visual art programs at their center.

Marvin Martian created by senior participants in our Food for Thought brain health program at Oasis Senior Center. Proceeds from this item’s auction benefit our Food for Thought program for keeping aging brains healthy & creatively exercised.

PLUS legendary Vuarnet sunglasses; a $100 gift card to Costa Mesa's ONLY Michelin Star restaurant, Taco Maria; a Paul Mitchell hair care gift package; $500 to The Shade Store; Balboa Island goodies; a 6-person gourmet culinary experience from Pirch, AND MORE!!

Get your tickets now!

Work-In-Progress -- Audacity

The artwork keeps arriving in great floods of brown boxes or hand-delivered, or sent digitally, or by pelican just like a newborn baby. Well, the last may not be true, but the art we're receiving for this year's Red Dot Auction is, without exception, the most wonderful and dynamic group in Red Dot history.

For instance, _______ _______, has contributed this stunning figure study, something that would surely have pleased Chuck Jones who was the consummate figurative painter and draftsman. There's no denying that his classical training in not only media, but also the figure greatly influenced his animation art. A lesson for all.

Which artist will you discover at this year's Red Dot Auction? Registration and tickets at

Your participation, either as contributing artist or bidder at the silent and live auctions, help support the targeted programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Our focus on providing critical thinking skills for school-age children, teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum, and seniors who see the value in staying creative must continue.

Red Dot Auction IX Call for Artists!

Dear Artists and Friends of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity,

This past year the Center has seen tremendous growth throughout Southern California and around the nation:

  • We now provide after-school enrichment programs in over half of the 24 Irvine public elementary schools.

  • We received a grant from the Newport Beach Arts Commission to provide our signature brain health program, Food for Thought, to local seniors with early onset dementia.

  • We continue our work with young people on the autism spectrum through our collaborations with Autism Resource Mom and the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

  • We have an amazing partner in Chicagoland whose Chuck Jones Center for Creativity programs have consistently been oversubscribed.

Preparations are underway for the Ninth Annual Red Dot Auction benefiting the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2019.

Today we're writing to ask you to donate a work of art to this year's Red Dot Auction To register to participate,  click here.

The canvas provided will be a 12" square and as in previous years, we ask that you sign the artwork on the reverse.  If you choose the 3D object, we'll provide an 8" 3D "Cre8ive Peeple" in red, white, or black, see below, to be painted and enhanced as you envision, please sign the bottom of the object. 

HOWEVER, you may choose to work in any size canvas, substrate or 3D media you'd like to provide yourself

You may prefer to work on paper or another substrate and that's fine, as long as we can mount it to the 12" square canvas for presentation the night of the event. The artwork should be signed on the reverse so that bidders at this silent auction will not know who has created which work of art.

Won't you share your gifts with us and with the Center's supporters and patrons?  If you will, please fill out the registration form found HERE.  

Canvases are due back no later than Monday, March 27, 2019! Again this year we will bring the Red Dot Auction online for pre-bidding only. This online auction will go live mid-April 2019 and end the evening of Wednesday, May 15, 2019. In order to be included in it, your artwork must arrive no later than March 27, 2019.  

And again this year a commemorative poster, similar to the one shown, will be printed; 30 canvases will be selected to represent this year's Red Dot Auction. Two of the posters will be produced and sold the evening of the event. To be considered for inclusion in the commemorative poster, your artwork must arrive no later than March 27, 2019.


Thank you in advance for your generosity, time, and commitment to the vision of the Center.

Exercise Your Genius!

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Chuck Jones Big Draw 2018!

The Chuck Jones Big Draw is a "Spook"tacular Monster Mash of creative activities that will engage and delight you, whether you're 8 or 80! Toy-Making, Mask-Making, Sugar Skull-decorating, Trick or Treat bag decorating, mural coloring, 3D stop motion animation and drawing. Plus there'll be bats and skeletons and other creepy crawly things to make and share. There's even an awesome silent auction! Boo! Tickets just $5 per adult and children under 18 are FREE! Click here for tickets!

Chuck Jones Center Partners with Bixby Educational Events


Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is pleased to announce our partnership with Bixby Educational Events. "We're thrilled to be launching our programs providing incredible creative opportunities to home-schooled children," said Densie Dion-Scoyni, Program Developer at the Center. "We'll be bringing programs such as Makers Studio as part of their STEAM programming as well as our cartooning and animation classes."To sign up for these classes, visit for more details. 


Telly Award-winner!


So very proud to announce that the video produced by Center board member, Mike Smith, that explains what the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is all about has won the prestigious Telly Award! Congratulations to Mike Smith and his team at Beard Boy Productions and a hearty thank-you for developing such an impactful message for the Center. View the video on the Center's home page. Southern California-based Beard Boy Productions, an advertising production agency, has been honored with eight Telly Awards in this year's national competition.

Judging the best in video and television creative and production among more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, the Tellys have awarded Beard Boy with three silver and five bronze statuettes for: 

A five-part documentary series focused on the birthplace of country music, created for John Deere's The Furrow and Homestead magazines

TV spots for Stater Bros. Markets commemorating Veteran's Day, paying tribute to firefighters and promoting meat cutting services

An animated branding video for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

A Polynesian-warrior-infused branding video for former NFL player Dave Dawson

A futuristic special effects video for Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Global Transaction Services.

A Win-Win Opportunity

As creative video and animation professionals with over two decades of advertising experience, Beard Boy specializes in helping clients win a competitive edge by strategizing, writing, producing, repurposing, distributing and archiving television, video, radio and online content for all kinds of advertisers, all across America. Along with -- or apart from -- their ad agency. On a project basis. At a fraction of the cost agencies charge.

From Miller Beer, Bank of America, Microsoft, Lexus, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and John Deere to Olympus, Silk Soy Milk, Taco Bell and Blue Cross and Blue Shields nationwide, Beard Boy offers the kind of experience, creativity and integrity that's right for today's challenging competitive environment.

Award-Worthy Value

“Our commercials and videos are a simple, affordable, impactful way for marketers to position their brand, and in so doing, leverage their products and services for greater ROI," stated Mike Smith, Beard Boy's president, executive producer and creative director.

Beard Boy's staff has won scores of national, regional and local advertising awards -- from CLIO to Telly to Emmy -- on their way to creating hundreds of TV spots, radio commercials, videos, augmented reality and animations for clients nationwide. Visit them at

Designer Camp Comes to Orange County


Designer Camp is returning to the Orange County in partnership with South Coast Collection/SOCO & The OC Mix & Chuck Jones Center For Creativity ! OC Designer Camp 101

DATE:  July 16 - 20 / 9am - 3pm

Ages:  11-17

Designer Camp 101 explores the vast careers in the design industry by implementing the principles and elements of design.  Students explore the design world covering Art, Branding, Fashion, Interior Design, Photography, Styling, Trend Forecasting and much more.  

Throughout the week, students will work in teams on a culminating design project that will be presented to parents and the local design community. 




Design Essentials

Branding With A Cause 

Future of Design + Trend Hunt 

Color Theory 

Fashion 101 

Fashion Sketching & Draping  

Interior Design 101 

Photography 101  

Jewelry Design 

Personal Branding 

Orange County camp cost is $750 and includes: Registration covers all workshops, field trips, guest speakers, lunch, snacks, project materials, design supplies, Designer Camp bags, room rental, camp insurance & staff. Designer Camp is a specialty camp that can only accommodate a limited number of students in order to keep the experience personal, hands-on and unique.

Register today by clicking here. 

*subject to change

The New and Improved DROP IN & DRAW!


Our free weekly program, Drop In & Draw, will be hosting its last two concurrent weeks this Saturday, June 23 from 10 AM to noon, and again on Saturday, June 30 from 10 AM to noon. After that it will be held on the third Saturday of every month from 10 AM to noon beginning with Saturday, July 21 through the end of the year. It will remain free and open to the public, but tickets are required and available at Eventbrite.  

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity presents a free program, Drop In & Draw! Held every third Saturday of the month from 10 AM to noon at the Center in South Coast Collection (SoCo). Each month a cartoon character from the fertile imagination of our namesake, Chuck Jones, one of the father's of Bugs Bunny and the Road Runner, will be our theme. Good for ages 5 and up, with four activity stations that feature coloring sheets for the little ones, model sheets on light tables, step-by-step instruction on how to draw the character, and a construction project. July will feature Bugs Bunny, followed by (in order): Daffy Duck (August), Marvin Martian (September), White Seal (October), Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner (November), and the Grinch (December). One of our teaching artists will be on hand at each Drop In & Draw along with our knowledgeable and creative volunteers.

A Heartfelt Thank You from Us to You!


The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity wishes to thank the following artists for donating their creative talents and genius to this year's Red Dot Auction: Alex Beavin, Ando, Andrea Salisbury, Andre Pace, Anna Crovetti, Anna Vanover, Annette Lily, Astrid Van Snick, Barbara Bell, Ben Gomez, Ben Olson, Bob Elias, Boznia Pieniak, Brenda Salamone, Britty Page, Carol Erickson, Carolyn Le, Charles Landholm, Charles Leddy, Cheri Lynn Ong, Chuck Jones, Chuck Perkins, Colleen Finnell, Cory De Yonker, Craig Kausen, Dagny Kream, Dan Bowden, Dani Compton, Daniel Jaimes, Daniel Killen, Daryl Bowman, Dave Avanzino, David Amaya, Deborah Sleeper, Denise Dion-Scoyni, Dillon Markey, Doug Lothers, Eric Calande, Eric Goldberg, Eva Szilagyi, Fabio Napoleoni, Fernando Del Rosario, Fernando Samalot, Fran Lew, Gabrielle Guzy, Garrett McDonald, Gideon Garza, Guy Gilchrist, Hannah Kim, Hannah Scoyni, Hillary Miller, Ina Rosca, Jack Weiss, Jacob Sanchez, Jaimie Martin, Jane Ivy, Jay D, Jayne Yater, Jeff Krause, Jeff Sherwood, Jeff Sornig, Jennifer Sleeper, Jeremy Holden, Jerry "T-WACK" Talley, Jester McCool, Jhenne Tyler Beauford, Jimm Nawrocki, Jimmy Mulligan, Joel Santana, Joe Vickers, John Howitt, Joseph Cortez, June Valentine-Ruppe, Karen Kadatzke, Kathy Moncrief, Katy Price, Keith Hall, Kumiko Kawamoto, Kurt Steinmetz, Larissa Marantz, Laura Tanimoto, LeeAnna Yater, Leen Isabel, Linda Jones Clough, Madison Shafer, Mako Fufu, Margaret Spurlock, Marilyn English, Marti Lothers, Martin Tesch, Matthew Allen, Matthew Martinez, Michael Hicks, Michelle Chaffee Hill, Mike Bilz, Mike Kungl, Mike Kupka, Mike Sullivan, Nic Gregory, Ollie Nguyen, Oscar Ayotzintli, Pamela Meador, RA Szurgot, Rhiannon Beach, Rhonda Heintz, Robert Patrick, Robin Miller, Ron Ferdinand, Ryan Brown, Sarah Black, Scott Soeder, Seth Vander Linden, Sharon Gauthier, Steve Gamba, Steven Connolly, Stephen Reis, Terri Hardin, Tina Palmer, TJ Novy, Tom Matousek, Tommy Ewasko, Tommy Szurgot, Tony J Matos, Tracy Oshiro, Valerie Kausen, Vernon Williams, Ylenia Mino, and Zach Heffelfinger. This year's Red Dot Auction was sponsored in part by these awesome supporters: Smart & Final, Cindy and Wes Chalfant, Andy Edson, and an anonymous contributor.  

The Red Dot Auction would not be what it is without the support of its Council for Creativity, many thank yous to: John Gaydos, President, Doug Lothers, Lisa Bolen, Annette Lily, Camie Dean, Ylenia Mino, Stephen Russo, Karen Garza, and special thanks to past President and social media maven, Jane Saunders. 

A hearty thank you to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity staff and Linda Jones Enterprises staff who assisted with the production and running of the Red Dot Auction: Denise Dion-Scoyni, Cyndi Burgess, Susan Palscik, Scott Ryder, Christina Stone, Audrey Ninomiya, Emily Schulz, Lisa Timmons, Stefani Amaya, Murray Kruger, Steve Amaya, Mike Dicken, and Scott Dicken.

The Center thanks its partners: 24 Carrots Catering and Events, Casa de Lago Events, SoCo and the OC Mix, and its neigbors, Uni Home and Greenleaf Chop Shop.  An extra special thank you to Music Vault Academy for providing such astounding vocal talent in Isabella Frangopol, Dominique Ilie, and Milla DeVilliers. 

A note of thanks to our friends at the Blackwing Foundation, Charles Berlozheimer and Grant Christensen and to singer/songwriter, Johnny Irion, for gracing our event with a special performance. 

And no thank you note would be complete without a gracious "thank you" to the Board of Directors of the Center: Craig Kausen, chairman, Linda Jones Clough, Alex Kausen, Jessica Kausen, Mike Smith, Ben Olson, Fernando del Rosario, and Andrew Turner. 

And finally, thank you to all of you who attended and participated, either in person, or through the internet, in this year's Red Dot Auction, by bidding and winning works of art donated by this group of amazingly talented artists. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support of the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a gymnasium for the creative brain.

We guide our students, both young and young of heart, through experiences that nurture the creative genius that exists in all of us. We connect both left and right sides of the brain in exercising creativity to solve problems, foster innovation, and build mental health.

We build important skills for school-age children, support healthy cognitive abilities for seniors, increase work performance in organizations who see the value of pumping up creativity in their ranks and enhance function for children on the autism spectrum.

Music Vault Academy Students to Perform at Red Dot Auction


Three young singers studying at the Music Vault Academy in Laguna Hills will perform during the Red Dot VIII Preview Event. They are Isabella Frangopol, Milla DeVilliers, and Dominique Ilie. Milla and Dominique have performed previously at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, but this will be Isabella's debut.The Music Vault Academy focuses in high quality music classes for all ages by creating a community environment where musicians can thrive through learning, performing and recording their achievements.

The Music Vault Academy is the only school in Orange County that provides comprehensive services essential to the development of a complete artist.

It works with people who care about the world of music because they feel the same way. The Music Vault Academy believes in the power of music to change people’s lives for the better.

For more information about classes and programs at Music Vault Academy, please visit their website, 

The RedDot Auction is the spring fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Over 100 artists have anonymously contributed original works of art (signed on the reverse) that are part of the silent auction.Tickets for the Red Dot Auction are still available, visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Bring Your Mother as Your Other


BRING YOUR MOTHER AS YOUR OTHER!Red Dot Auction Cuts Ticket Prices for Mothers!

Costa Mesa, CA: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today that they have cut ticket prices in half for their annual spring fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction, scheduled for Friday, May 11—just two days before Mother’s Day—for anyone bringing their mother, grandmothers, aunts, or mothers-to-be.  

“Chuck Jones loved his mother, Mable “Nana” Jones, dearly, and treated her royally at all times. Her nurturing guidance when he and his siblings were young, accounted for much of their genius talent—all four were master artists,” said Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, “And we thought it might be fun to treat mothers and their “others” who like art and want to support a good cause—the nurturing of innate creativity in school children, those on the autism spectrum, and seniors facing early onset dementia—to a discount on ticket prices.”

Tickets available for the Main Event at Use coupon code MOTHER (case sensitive) at checkout for half-off tickets for the Main Event. Good for any number of tickets purchased.

Red Dot Auction, now in its eighth year, is the premier art event of the season and the most fun you’ll have at a fundraiser. This year, special musical guest, singer/songwriter Johnny Irion, the great-nephew of Nobel Laureate, John Steinbeck, and husband of Sarah Lee Guthrie (Arlo’s daughter, Woody’s granddaughter), will perform from his most recent album. The silent auction is composed of original works of art from over 100 artists from around North America plus a section completely devoted to WoodSnap, a local Orange County company that prints photographs on sourced birch wood. Bidding begins at just $100.

For more information and to purchase tickets or to view the silent auction items, please visit

Singer/Songwriter Johnny Irion Set to Sing at Red Dot Auction


Johnny Irion, acclaimed singer and songwriter, will perform in advance of the live auction of the "Steinbeck Collection" at this year's Red Dot Auction, a fundraiser benefiting the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Now and then in American culture, the written word fuses the worlds of music and literature. Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize is only the most obvious example.  An individual singer-songwriter can sometimes embody that fusion in his life and work. That’s Johnny Irion, whose family tree includes John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie, and whose new record Driving Friend was backed by Blackwing, the artisan pencil brand Chuck Jones used so fondly.

The record, which includes members of Dawes, Wilco and the Mother Hips, ranges across a wide expanse of roots genres, from blues and gospel to folk and country. Everything about it feels authentically crafted, a carving out of raw, lived American experience that goes to the heart of the Blackwing ethos. Whether Irion is singing about Santa Barbara, Pittsfield or the Rapture, his sharp wit, telling description and brief character studies take us to a musical hometown of his own, quite a feat for a rocker whose last record with his band US Elevator was hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as being as “lovingly handcrafted as the jeans on the back of Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush.”

This not-to-be-missed peformance is scheduled during the live auction portion of the Red Dot Auction, now in its eighth year. Tickets are still available at