art classes

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.

March/April Monday Afternoon Classes at the Center


Join us on Mondays from 3:30-5:00 at the center.  Students (7-15) will learn drawing techniques inspired by  Chuck Jones to be used in character development and  visual storytelling. No experience necessary.

March   5: Shapes and gesture

March 12: Character development

March 19: Comic panels and storyboard

March 26: Preparing characters and props

April 9: Background painting

April 16: Filming

April 23: Filming

April 30: Filming and upload

$120 pre-registration for the 8 weeks ($15 per class)

$17 per class pre-registration (single class)

$20 drop-in (as space allows)

Be a Junior Animator! 8 Week Course Announced for 2018!


The Chuck jones Center for Creativity is excited to offer "Junior Animator--Bringing Characters to Life with Motion!" at their Costa Mesa classroom this January and February 2018. This after-school class will meet from 3:30 PM to 5 PM every Monday in January and February 2018 beginning with January 8. Led by one of the Center's remarkable and experienced teaching artists, "Junior Animator" will be a hands-on learning experience for students ages 7 to 14. Space is limited to just 12 students, so sign up by clicking HERE today! The full 8-week program is only $120 ($15 per class) or $17 per individual class when you pre-;pay. Drop-in fee is $20 per class if space allows. An excellent stock-stuffer for that hard-to-buy-for animation artist in your family. Click HERE to reserve their space at "Junior Animator"!

Storyboard Workshops with John Ramirez!


Learn from the best!In conjunction with the Art Institute of Orange County, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is pleased to present a storyboard workshop with John Ramirez at the Art Institute of Orange County on Saturday, July 8 and Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 9 AM to 12 PM. The workshop on the 8th is designed for students 13 and younger; the one on the 15th for students, ages 14-19. The workshops are limited to only 24 participants. Reserve your space today by clicking here. 

Ramirez's work can be seen in Toy Story II and Beauty and the Beast, among other animated film projects. He is an award-winning theme park and Rose Bowl float designer. He cites Chuck Jones as one of his major influences. 

Class to take place at Art Institute of Orange County campus, 3601 W. Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704. Call the Center with questions or for more information.949-660-7793 x 1007. Reserve your space by clicking on this sentence.

Autism Resource Mom at the Center


Autism Resource Mom, a local Orange County organization that provides support, guidance and hope for parents of children with autism, held a year-end creativity workshop for their children (and themselves) at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity on Monday, December 5th. Debora Smith, founder of ARM, had this to say about the evening:"I’m happy to report that AUTISM RESOURCE MOM’s holiday event was yet another huge success! I’m thrilled we were able to sneak one more of these in before the end of the year. Our families were in agreement—they absolutely loveDenise and her artist assistants.

"What I enjoy about the evening is watching our kids “get lost” in their creations and in doing so, feel comfortable enough to let their guard down a bit. And I know their anxieities are lessened because the kids are talking with peers, talking with other adults, making social connections. It’s quite remarkable. 

"In the Post-Event Survey, one question reads: What are the top 3 things you liked about tonight’s Art & Creativity Workshop? Here are some responses:

The giggles, the creativity and no judgement

So creative, very organized and fun

It was fun, relaxing; kids could move around as needed, not restrictive

The helpers were fun and encouraging, the flexibility, different projects to choose from

That our kids are very creative and need a space and opportunity to expand it; and socially this is a great event

Very laid back, awesome venue, great selection of activities at the different stations

"The final headcount was: 26 parents/kids; 2-man video crew for Autism Resource Mom; 1 reporter from the OC Register; 3 CJCC awesome artist helpers and last but not least, the one-and-only Denise Dion-Scoyni [the lead teaching artist at the Center]!

"On behalf of our entire organization and all our families, we are profoundly grateful to everyone at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity for working with us to make this possible. It’s becoming one of our signature events—and I think that’s pretty cool."

More information about ARM available here.

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


Calling all parents! This is the program for you! Drop Off & Dine on April 4 at 5:30pm

Enjoy dinner without the kids, but have them nearby! "Drop Off" your children at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and "Dine" at one of the restaurants at SoCo or the The OC Mix. Your kids will participate in various creative activities with the inspiration of Chuck Jones's animation, film, and fine art.-Ages 4+ (must be potty-trained)

-Introductory Prices: 1 Child=$30.00, 2 Children=$35.00, 3 Children=$40.00

-They have to be your children, no piggybacks allowed!

-Parents must stay within SoCo or The OC Mix premises

-Parent will sign-in & sign-out each child and provide a cell phone number

-Dinner for children can be purchased or bring it from home


Drop Off & Dine is on Thursday, April 4, 2012 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.


Reserve your spot today!!  Sasha Advani (949) 660-7793 x107 or

**April participants recieve 2 FREE Class Vouchers per child for Pastelicious or Dynamic Dioramas taught by Christopher Scardino!