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.

Become a Junior Animator!


Beginning January 9, 2017, join us once a week on Monday afternoons, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM and become a JUNIOR ANIMATOR!This eight (8) week hands-on creativity program will teach young artists (ages 8 - 14) about animation while nurturing the creative thought process and self-expression.

Techniques inspired by Chuck Jones are used to teach character development and visual story-telling. No experience necessary.

Learn to draw a variety of characters including your own unique character to star in a tale you imagine. Learn how to put your ideas into motion!


9 White Seal: Watch the film, "The White Seal" and learn how to draw Kotick.

16 Bugs Bunny: Watch Chuck drawing Bugs Bunny then draw Bugs yourself.

23 Marvin Martian: Use your imagination to place Marvin in outer space.

30 Character Development: Create a character uniquely your own.


6 Storyboard: Using story arc, imagine and draw a nine-panel comic.

13 Flip-Books: Put your story into motin by sequencing.

20 Cel Animation: Ink and paint a character onto a clear cel.

27 Cel Animation: Paint a background using perspective. 


$120 Program Pre-registration (8 classes @ $15 each)

$17 Class Pre-registration (singular, specific week)

$20 Drop-in (as space allows)

Enroll today by clicking here.

We are making Monster Bookmarks!


Join us at Drop in and Draw tomorrow (Saturday May 23rd) at the center! We will be making these fun monster bookmarks that slide on the corner of your page as well as having drawing, coloring, tracing on light tables, and an animation station! This event is open to all ages and free :) Stop by anytime from 9:30am to 12:30pm. What better to way to spend your Saturday morning than doing art!

Author & Illustrator, Kelly Light, to Lead Workshop at the Center!


Kelly Light is the author and illustrator of the picture book Louise Loves Art.  It is a story about the importance of creativity in all its forms. Louise loves art more than anything; it's her imagination on the outside. She is determined to create a masterpiece—her pièce de résistance! Create your own pièce de résistance on Sunday, March 8 from 3 to 5 PM as author and illustrator Kelly Light leads a one-day only workshop at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Admission is free and open to the public, but reservations are a must. Call 949-669-7793 x 20107 or email Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org for more information and to RSVP. This program is appropriate for ages 7 to 12. 

Kelly will talk about the connections between cartoons and children’s books. How she used what she learned in animation to write and create characters that may be still on the page, but alive to the reader.  How acting with your pencil can put personality into your drawings.  

Together, doing drawing exercises with character prompts, the children can create a character of their own and a short story board to start them on their own creative journey. 

Kelly Light also loves art, especially cartoons. Growing up she loved watching cartoons and drawing cartoon characters. She went off to art school determined to start a career in animation which lead to working as a character artist for cartoon licensing. She spent a very long time drawing some of the most beloved cartoon characters, including the characters created by her favorite artist of all time, Chuck Jones.  

It was a chance meeting with Mr. Jones that sparked the desire to create her characters. Years later, Louise was created and published and is now a seven book series that hopes to inspire kids to be creative and pick up their own pencils and draw out their imaginations. 

Louise Loves Art will be available for sale that day and Ms. Light has agreed to sign copies purchased at the Center.

This Is No "Jump Cut"; Jeff DeGrandis Tells All!


Jeff DeGrandis of DreamWorks Animation (formerly producer and director of "Dora the Explorer" at Nickelodeon) spent Sunday, February 23, with 18 eager-to-absorb-his-knowledge students of the animated film. From 12 years of age up to some in their 30s, Jeff laid it all out for them. Here's some of what he had to say:


"Once the script is written for a film or animation, the next step is to make a storyboard. The storyboard is a series of drawn panels, which visually tells the story of the animation as clear as it possibly can, sort of like a comic book. Though not entirely mandatory, storyboarding is one of those aspects of filmmaking that takes your film from the deep, dank, and dark recesses of your imagination and brings it to life.


"The storyboard becomes a visual script, letting you see action of the characters, dialogue, acting, transitions, background layout / locations and camera planning. In my opinion, storyboarding is one of the most exciting parts of producing an animated picture. You’re the cameraman, actor, set designer and planner. As a storyboard artist, you are the first person to visually layout the picture."


At the end of the 5 hour session (they did break for lunch in case you were thinking otherwise), everyone left with a new found sense of accomplishment and all were eager to take their new perspective on the importance of storyboarding and apply it to their own projects. Thank you Jeff for your amazing talent!


Photos by Stephen Russo.

Storyboarding with Jeff DeGrandis


Join us for a storyboarding workshop with Animation Director and Produces, Jeff DeGrandis. 


Novices to drawing are welcome and more so, encouraged to enroll. Learn what storyboarding is, when to use it, and how. You'll learn how to storyboard your own masterpiece with the guidance from Jeff. 


Who is Jeff?


"I've always liked cartoons, animation, hot rods, and drag racing. Ed "Big Daddy" Roth was my first great inspiration to draw," says DeGrandis, producer and animator of "Dora the Explorer", "Go Diego, Go!" and other animated series for Nickelodeon. Roth and drag-racing were not the only inspirations for this artist; he adds that Charles Schultz, M.C. Escher, and Tex Avery all have contributed to his style and artistic sensibilities. 


However, it is to Chuck Jones that he owes his greatest allegiance as a source of inspiration. Jones mentored DeGrandis while he was a student at CalArts in Valencia (formerly Chouinard Art Institute of which Jones was an alumni) and it was Jones who gave him his first job in animation. 


In a career spanning several decades, he has worked for Chuck Jones Productions, Spumco, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Studios, Universal Studios, DreamWorks, and FOX Kids Network. 


Married with three "cartoon" kids, DeGrandis hales from New Jersey. In his free time he enjoys watching 50s and 60s television shows and especially early MGM and Warner Bros. cartoons.


Ages: 8th grade and older 

Fee: $40 per person, with lunch and materials provided 


Register today, click here.

Chuck Jones: Drawn From the Far Side: Exhibition to Open at Bowers Museum


Santa Ana, CA:oThe Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California announced today that the exhibition, "Chuck Jones: Drawn from the Far Side", will open on Saturday, April 26 and close August 3, 2014. Celebrated as one of the greatest directors from the "golden age" of animation, Chuck Jones worked in the field some seventy years until his death at eighty‐nine in 2002. His passion for drawing was both work and full time hobby. He drew for a living, and he drew for pleasure and challenge.This exhibit contains original drawings, most never publicly displayed, including a section of 50 so‐called "Doodles," perhaps best described as coming from one artist's very far side. The majority of drawings are from the private collection of Jones' widow, Marian. In collaboration with the non-profit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Visit the Bowers Museum website for details.

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 emailsasha@chuckjonescenter.org 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

Creativity Meets the San Jose Convention Center


The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was invited to participate in the grand opening ceremonies of the newly renovated and rebuilt San Jose Convention Center. George Daugherty, a recently installed board member of the Center and also the Music Director and Conductor for Ballet San Jose made the connection between the two entities. He performed his award-winning "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II" as part of the opening day ceremonies on family day, October 10th, which featured several of Chuck Jones's Looney Tunes cartoons.The Center provided an exhibition of artwork from the Chuck Jones masterpiece, "What's Opera, Doc?" as well as an recreation of the famous chaise longue upon which Bugs as Brunhilde entices the unsuspecting Elmer Fudd as Siegfried. Our resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, accompanied by local artist, Pamala Meador (Morgan Hill), who graciously set aside her busy schedule to work with families and children attending the festivities. A good time was had by all!

All photos courtesy Tony Damiano.

12 Principles of Animation Workshop this Saturday, August 17!


12 Principles of Animation Workshop - Straight Ahead Action and Pose to Pose Animation


There are two different approaches to animating a scene. "Straight Ahead Action" means drawing out a scene frame by frame from start to finish. While "Pose to Pose" involves starting with drawing the key frames, and then filling in the inbetween drawings later.


John Ramirez, animator artist for Disney movies such as “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin” and “The Lion King”. All classes will be held at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.


Register today! Click here.


Ages: Middle-school age and older

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2013

Time: 3:00-6:00 PM


Questions: Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org or (949) 660-7793 x107

12 Principles of Animation Workshop on July 20, 2013


The 12 Principles of Animation Workshops - Staging

This principle is similar to staging as it is know in the theatre and film. Its purpose is to direct the audience's attention, and make it clear. What is of greatest importance in a scene; what is happening, and what is about to happen. The presentation of any idea so that it is completely and unmistakably clear. Whether that idea is an action, a personality, an expression or a mood.


About the teacher

John Ramirez, animator artist for Disney movies such as “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin” and “The Lion King”. All classes will be held at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

To register, click here

Ages: Middle-school age and older

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2013

Time: 3:00-6:00 PM

Questions: Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org or (949) 660-7793 x107

The 12 Principles of Animation Workshops - 2. Anticipation


Principle 2 - AnticipationJoin us June 15, 2013 at 3:00-6:00PM at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity for the second principle of animation - ANTICIPATION.

Anticipation is used to prepare the audience for an action that is about to occur. It makes the action of a character appear more realistic and helps to ready the audience for the main physical action the character will be doing. It can also be used in your story by setting up a scene with an object that readies an audience for an important moment in a film.

Location: Chuck Jones Center for Creaivity, 3321 Hyland, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Cost: $57.00

Ages: Middle school and older

To register, click here.

Questions: Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org or (949) 660-7793 x107

Portfolio Workshop for Aspiring Animators

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Laguna College of Art & Design to Offer Classes This JulyCosta Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, in collaboration with the Laguna College of Art & Design animation department, is proud to offer its first portfolio development workshop for aspiring animators. This summer, sixteen high school students who are interested in studying the art of animation will have a chance to develop their skills and prepare a portfolio specifically for submission to art schools offering animation programs.

This course will be taught by Larissa Marantz, a character designer for Nickelodeon, children’s book illustrator and professor at Laguna College of Art & Design. Participants will learn the basics of character design, appeal, observational drawing, and personality development inspired by the artistic approach of legendary animation director Chuck Jones, who helped create such classic cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote and Pepé Le Pew.

Ideal candidates will have had some previous art instruction, but have not had an opportunity to take animated-related classes. The cost of the four-week course is $500 and it will be held at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity at 3321 Hyland Avenue in Costa Mesa on Mondays through Thursdays 9AM-1PM from July 8th though August 1st. Interested students may contact Lindsay Farr at Laguna College of Art & Design by e-mail (lfarr@lcad.edu) or phone (949-376-6000) to enroll.

The principles for creating memorable characters embodied in the work of Chuck Jones remain relevant today whether applied to hand-drawn, computer-generated or stop-motion animation. Young artists definitely won’t want to miss this opportunity to follow in the footsteps of an animation master.

About the Center: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones. The Center’s vision is to inspire the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and world.

These are important goals, particularly in today’s world, when arts education is practically non-existent; we are dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and we are doing it through art classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of which spring from the material in the Chuck Jones archive. Jones was a determined saver and his writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade life, along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction, form the basis of our programs.

About Laguna College of Art & Design: Founded in 1961 as the Laguna Beach School of Art, LCAD has grown to include five undergraduate majors and a graduate department. We offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting, Illustration, Graphic Design, Animation, and Game Art. The graduate program awards a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and in Painting.

LCAD is one of an elite number of institutions that has both regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (www.wascweb.org) and national accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (www.nasad.arts-accredit.org). We get especially high marks for our use of technology and the liberal arts in the art and design curriculum. Our graduates are career-ready and receive assistance from the Office of Career Services and its many contacts in the art market and industry. Being an hour from Los Angeles puts you close to museums, galleries, the entertainment industry, and graphic design studios. Our faculty includes experienced professionals in their field; all are accomplished educators.

Drop Off & Dine!

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)

-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 brought from home

Reserve your spot today!!

Sasha Advani (949) 660-7793 x107 or Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org

Cost: 1 Child=$30.00, 2 Children=$35.00, 3 Children=$40.00

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

Drop Off & Dine!

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)

-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 brought from home

Reserve your spot today!!

Sasha Advani (949) 660-7793 x107 or Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org

Cost: 1 Child=$30.00, 2 Children=$35.00, 3 Children=$40.00

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

Check out Darrell J. Park at Center for Living Peace for Saturday Morning Cartoons & Quick Draw on 4/6/13 at 11:30am


Join Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote & the Road Runner along w/all their friends for Saturday Morning Cartoons!... 'And have FUN drawing too! We'll watch & explore the magical world of Chuck Jones, legendary director & animator!The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity inspires joy and innovation in people of all ages, energizing them to transform their lives, their communities, and society as a whole.  The best way to tap into the creative energy that dwells inside us is to trust our minds  & hands, NOT overthink the process.  Whether it's watching a cartoon or your child at play, we hold onto these moments through pictures, sounds & feelings, in which we store away as brilliant memories.  Chuck Jones would do the same thing, only he would recall those memories and express them through his art. Chuck Jones cartoons & drawing!... 'And of course, FUN!

"I try never to talk down to a child, no matter how young, not because he might lose something by my doing so, but because a child's mind is like a bud. It will open, but not under the kind of liquid it often receives." - Chuck Jones

About Darrell J. Park

"Art opens up a whole new world of possibilities, once where there was a blank piece of paper, now exists a line...

Your line. A unique line that was brought into creation by you, the artist. This is your "world," where you can freely create & express yourself, find your own voice." - DJ Park

'With grass-skirt roots from Hawai'i, Darrell J. Park, grew up doodling on pieces of scratch paper. He attended the Academy of Art, San Francisco, where Mr. Park received his formal training in classical animation & illustration. Mr. Park also has degrees in commercial art, graphic design & photography. In 1998, Mr. Park met Chuck Jones while Mr. Jones was attending a gallery opening in San Francisco. By the fall of 1999, Mr. Park was mentoring with Mr. Jones at his corporate headquarters in Southern California. Since that first meeting, Mr. Park has worked closely with the Jones family to help promote the Chuck Jones Legacy til present.

Mr. Park also operates his own company: "Toona Sandwich - art, design & print"

He also performs stand-up comedy in the Hollywood & Santa Monica Area. (i.e. - The Comedy Store, Hollywood)

"A dot can be the beginning of a line, or the end of one... (But by then it's called a "period.") - DJ Park


For more details, visit www.GoodHappens.org or contact Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org or (949) 660-7793 x107

Saturday Morning Cartoons and Quick Draw at Center for Living Peace on 2/2/13

Join us every 1st Saturday of every month at 11:30am at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine, CA with our dedicated volunteer Teaching Artist, Doug Lothers. You'll watch a Chuck Jones cartoon and periodically stop to capture the moment by quick drawing one of Jones' beloved cartoon scenes. Doug will also share his approach of "classic animation" with some examples of model sheets, a drawing disc, 35mm film and animation cels. If drawing isn't your thing, just stop by and visit us! The Center for Living Peace welcomes all visitors!Center for Living Peace, 4139 Campus, Irvine, CA 92612   www.goodhappens.org  (949) 854-5500

Join us this Saturday, February 2, 2013, and every 1st Saturday of every month. All ages welcome! Bring your friend, significant other, parent or kids! 

11:30am-12:30pm, $1-$5 donation accepted

The OC Mix Family Fair

The OC Mart Mix is hosting their monthly Family Fair Day every 3rd Saturday of every month. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be participating by hosting different "Creative Stations" to give you a feel of what the Center has to offer! www.southcoastcollection.com

9:30a-3:00p, 3rd Saturday of Every Month

The OC Mart Mix....The home of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity!

3321 Hyland

Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Learn the style of Chuck Jones' "classic" animation from Doug Lothers, Teaching Artist

Learn drawing techniques and style from Tommy "TNEZ" Martinez, Creative Director and Owner of Planet TNEZ

Artables with Gina Latora -- Children can create art with string, paper, glue, cotton or whatever else Gina can think of!

Learn basic techniques of pastels with Chris Scardino, our Resident Teaching Artist

...And as always, we'll have our Drop In and Draw supplies! Our volunteers will help you think of ways of how to be creative--and we'll provide the supplies!

Everyone is welcome! Stop by and see what the Center has to offer!

Donations accepted for materials used

Questions? Contact Sasha Advani (949) 660-7793 x20107 or Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org