Orange County

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

New Junior Girl Scout Badge Workshop!


CALLING ALL JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS!Our Junior Drawing Creativity Workshop will gather Girl Scouts (8-11 years old) from many troops for imaginative collaboration. You'll experiment with tools as you learn to draw some of Chuck's most famous characters. You'll use your imagination to create a unique character. And you'll learn hands-on techniques that bring your character to life with shading and perspective. 

Our teaching artists will guide scouts toward earning a drawing badge wiht content relevant to Girl Scouts requirements. $25 per scout. All materials are included. This class is scheduled for Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 1 to 4 PM. Click here to purchase this class.

Intermediate and Advanced Painting Class with Robert Richert


Learn from one of the best!The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is now hosting Intermediate and Advanced painting classes for adults previously experienced in acrylic or oil painting. Students will work with our talented Teaching Artist Robert A. Richert, who is a realist painter. Robert earned a BA degree in illustration and biomedical art at Cal-State, Long Beach. He has been a professional artist for 33 years and his paintings hang in fine art galleries around the country. During his early career Robert specialized in wildlife subjects. In 1982 he won the California Duck Stamp contest and in 2002 he was awarded the Connecticut Duck Stamp.  Today Robert specializes in acrylic paintings of California seascapes and landscapes, and several have sold for over five figures.

For the first class, please bring 3-5 pieces of your artwork or images from your portfolio. The actual artwork is preferred. The process will begin with a 30 minute consultation. Robert will evaluate your skill level and understanding about the fundamentals of painting. Fundamentals include: color theory, composition, perspective, light and form, structure and space, drawing skills, brush strokes, and more. This will allow Robert to teach around your established skill set and provide you with constructive, positive feedback. During classes students are allowed the option to begin a brand new piece or bring a painting in progress.

Take advantage of the opportunity to further hone your paintings skills and build greater confidence in your abilities under the tutelage of a professional!  

Classes will take place at the Center each Monday from 7:30-9:30PM. The class contains 6 sessions spread over 6 weeks; September 21st – October 26th. The total cost for the 30 minute consultation and the 6 week session is $299. Supplies will not be provided; each student must bring his or her own brushes and paints and take them home at the end of every class. Minimum 5 students required. 30 minute consultation required before first day of class! Contact (949) 660-7793 x107 or to book your consultation today!


Irvine Classical Players Perform "Peter and the Wolf" at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity!


BUY TICKETS HERE!Please join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Emmy Award-winning, “Peter and the Wolf”. Enjoy an evening’s recital with the Irvine Classical Players and the Seraphim Symphony in this fundraising benefit for the Center and these fine Orange County musicians. All proceeds will benefit the non-profits. This musical evening will take place Friday, May 29, from 7 to 9 PM at the Center, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Tickets are available by clicking on this sentence.

“Peter and the Wolf” was originally commissioned in 1936 by the Central Children’s Theater in Moscow with the intent to engage young people at an early age with a love of classical music; Prokofiev finished the work in just four days. In 1995 Chuck’s character designs became the basis for an live action/animated TV special written, produced, and directed by George Daugherty, that starred Lloyd Bridges and Kirstie Alley. It won an Emmy the following year for best children’s television special.

The Center is pleased to partner with Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony to bring you this selection of music from this musical masterpiece. Please join us!

 Tickets are available by clicking on this sentence.

Join Us At the Young Authors' Faire


The Young Authors’ Faire is a community literacy showcase celebration for students that include opportunities to meet authors, illustrators, storytellers, and engage in hands-on literacy activities. This is the second year that OCDE is partnering with the OC Public Libraries at three regional locations, including: Aliso Viejo, La Habra, and Tustin. All school districts will be assigned to a specific library location. For registration and information, please visit

Creativity Camp ~ Thanksgiving Week!


Join us for a Creativity Camp the week of Thanksgiving. We’ve designed a 3-day camp to give kids an array of endeavors such as painting, drawing and music. Yes, the whole gamut of creative adventure!

Construct a GIANT-sized turkey!

Paint a “Thanks”-giving mural with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and other Looney Tunes characters.

Make one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments.

Get creative with cranberries! Invite your family for Camp on Wednesday (11/26)! Call to find out more information!

Dates: November 24, 25, and 26, 2014

Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Ages: 7-12 years old


Location: 3321 Hyland Ave, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Pricing: $100 for 3 days*, $40 daily rate*

*Sibling Pricing: $75 for 3 days, $30 daily rate

Register today! Click here!

Call for more information! (949) 660-7793 x107

Other details: Drop off by 9am, pick up at 1:00pm. No early morning or late afternoon childcare will be provided. Bring a snack, water and lunch. You can purchase lunch from Greenleaf Chopshop (neighbor to CJCC). Place your order at the time of drop off with payment. Dress for a mess!

Girl Scout Programs at The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, Ca


Check out our Girl Scout Programs for Junior and Cadettes! We can also host an Art Program for all age groups! 


All classes held at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 


More information can be found at the websites listed within this email. Or or call (949) 660-7793 x20107. If you have 6 or more girls in a Troop (or combine Troops), we can schedule a weekday afterschool session. Please inquire within.


Click here for pricing and scheduling for our Junior programs


Click here for pricing and scheduling for our Cadette programs



For centuries, humans have been developing methods to create and bind paper in order to share ideas, knowledge, and inspirations with each other and with future generations.  The craft of creating books has evolved over time, but the basic human need to share words and pictures has stayed the same.  For this badge, you will try gluing, stitching, and folding your way to shaping your own book artistry style – you’ll create some spectacular gifts and keepsakes.


In this class you’ll:

-Explore the art of bookbinding

-Get familiar with the insides of a book

-Try out book artist techniques

-Focus on function

-Focus on style



Newspaper cartoons, comic books, graphic novels...comic art is a broad, exciting, and growing field. In this badge, you'll explore the world of visual story telling from career choices to drawing techniques!


Earn your Comic Artist badge in five simple and fun steps:

-Delve into the world of comics 

-Choice a story to tell 

-Draw it out 

-Frame it in four panels  

-Add the words  



When you pick up your pencil, anything could leap from your mind onto a sheet of paper. That’s what makes drawing so fun. In this class we’ll show you different techniques to make your drawings even better.


You will:

-Experiment with different materials

-Learn how to shade

-Put some perspective in your pictures

-Make a portfolio

Art Unexpected: Discovering great "unexpected" photographs hiding right in front of your camera!


Art Unexpected: Discovering great "unexpected" photographs 

hiding right in front of your camera!


Instructor: Photographer Mick Victor “Art Unexpected”


About his abstract photography class Victor says, “ In the Art Unexpected class, we’re looking more closely at the everyday things around us and framing them with our camera so they might appear to be something else that’s strange, or beautiful, or scary, or fun.  The images are so terrific and surprisingly wonderful pieces of art that we never expected were there. In a frame on the wall they are AMAZING! ”



Day 1:

Cameras are provided by the instructor and handed out in the beginning of class.

Learn to use the camera, go discovering in a field shooting session and your new photographs will be reviewed immediately afterward with Mick Victor


Day 2:

See a big screen presentation of everyone’s best photographs and engage in an open, fun and informative discussion about “Art Unexpected” images captured!


Take home your digital images!

Check out your images on ArtWise!


Two Sessions Available!

Session 1: August 22-23, 2013 at 9:00-11:00am (each day)

Session 2: August 27-28, 2013 at 2:00-4:00pm (each day)


Register today! Click here




-Pre-registration required

-Minimum 5 students for a class, maximum 25 students

-Art Unexpected session is 2-consecutive days

-$60 per student

-Ages 7-12

-Cameras are provided by the instructor

-Each student should bring a minimum 500 Megabyte thumb drive

-Class held at the Center: 3321 Hyland, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Questions: Sasha Advani, (949) 660-7793 x107 or

Totally Awesome Art Classes in Orange County Finalist!


The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's art classes are finalists in the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards contest! Red Tricycle is a digital guide for children's activities sent to parents around the country. We need your votes! Winners will receive all sorts of promotional benefits to help get the word out that "creativity is alive and well at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa!"  Please follow this link to vote for the Center! 

With your help, the Center will win free listings for a year on Red Tricycle, a published Q & A in an upcoming monthly post, greater exposure through their blogger network, and one free "Hot Listing" in an upcoming issue of Red Tricycle!. Please vote for us here. Thank you for your continued support!

Sommy Rhee spotlights The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity on her blog!


Sommy Rhee recently highlighted The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity on her blog. Sommy posted a wonderful article highlighting our Drop In and Draw session and our gallery. Check out the photos she took! She's also a contributor for Red Tricycle, so check her article about The OC Mix and the Center! We hope to see more of Sommy and her family at the Center!


Saturday mornings, our family has been hanging out at the SOCO Farmer’s Market & the OC Mart Mix.  This is our favorite family-friendly destination. There is always something new or cool going on here, and the best part is that it isn’t too crowded so it’s perfect with people like us who have two young kids….Read more


Artist Jorge Pacheco To Be Spotlighted at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity on Saturday, February 16, 2013


Please welcome guest artist, Jorge Pacheco, to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10am-2pm. He's bringing over 26 years of experience as a cartoonist, comic book artist, caricaturist, and children's book illustrator to the Center.

Like comic books? Jorge's worked with DC Comics, Archie Comics and Marvel Comics.

Interested in illustrating children's books? Jorge's done it! Some of his illustrations include "Children In Motion" by Bettyjoe Cooper and "The Official Princess Rule Book" by Lisa name a few!

Thought of creating your own comic strip? Jorge's done it! Check out his syndicated comic strip "CEO Dad".


Come down to the Center and meet Jorge. He'll be ready with pencil and paper to sketch with you, show you a few tricks and guide you to find your own creativity!

About Jorge Pacheco

Jorge has been a professional Cartoonist/Illustrator the past 26 years and  a graduated of the Joe Kubert School of Comic Book  Arts. Mr. Pacheco has worked for almost every major comic book company, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Tokyopop, and Zenescope Comics and was staff artist for Harvey Comics from 1990-1995. He has drawn many famous licensed characters, such as Casper the Friendly Ghost,The Flintstones, Bullwinkle and Rocky to name a few. He also worked for Jim ( Garfield) Davis and had his own syndicated strip CEO Dad. Mr. Pacheco has also illustrated 6 children's books. And was a guest speaker at the Charles Schulz museum and is very excited to be a part of the team at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity! For more about Mr. Pacheco please check out his website

Questions? Contact Sasha Advani: or (949) 660-7793 x107

Dandelion Moms spotlights the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity!


Dandelion Moms, a women's lifestyle website founded by Melissa Northway, recently spotlighted us on their website. Check out what she has to say about us!


A few months ago my daughter and I were checking out a new shopping center called the SoCo as a friend told me there was a shop there that had the best coffee in town.  Now that’s a pretty big statement so I figured I would check it out.  The center has some really fantastic and trendy shops and the design of the shopping area is very cool.  I felt a bit like a hipster for the day which doesn’t happen too often these days.  Read more...


Girls Scout Troops 549 and 26 earned their Junior Drawing Badge at the Center!


Girl Scout Troops 549 and 26 earned their Junior Drawing Badge at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity on Sunday, January 27. Fourteen enthusiastic Girl Scouts were ready to draw from the inspirations of Chuck Jones. During the 2-hour class, they

Experimented with different materials, such as light and hard charcoal, and Palomino Blackwing pencils

Learned how to add shading their drawings

Learned how to draw with perspective

Used their imagination like a graphic artist

Created and took home a portfolio of their days' work


We thank our Teaching Artists, Jennifer "Jejo" Sleeper and Deborah "Debbie" Sleeper, for leading the class with grace and wit!


Are you interested in earning your Drawing Badge at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity? Contact Sasha Advani at or (949) 660-7793 x107 today!

New Art Class For Kids Begins January 9!

Artables--At the Center with Gina LatoraIt begins with glue and goes from there. There will be painting -- not always with a brush -- your child will be surprised at the 'tools' that are used as well as the 'paint'. Adult attendance is required; please wear your painting attire!

Cost per 5-week session: $50.00 per artist, plus a $15 (cash, due at first class) material fee. Ages 1 to 12 years old welcome. These are great classes for the whole family.

Classes begin January 9, 2013. Three different sessions to choose from!

10:45-11:45A   1/9/13 -2/6/13*

12:30-1:30P     1/9/13 -2/6/13*

1:45-2:45P       1/9/13 -2/6/13*

*If a class needs to be rescheduled (due to CJCC scheduling) during the session, the make up date will be 2/13/13

Gina Latora, artist and educator, has been providing art classes for children and preschoolers in Orange and Los Angeles Counties for over seventeen years. Her "Artables" class is particularly well-suited for preschoolers, and will also captivate children of all ages. The earlier a child begins to discover the world of art, the earlier they develop self-confidence and are able to articulate visually their own ideas. Email:

Classes held at:

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

3321 Hyland Ave

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Register at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Call Sasha Advani to register your budding artists today! 949-660-7793 x107 or email: