CARTOONING 101


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Class #17493-5/20: Cartooning 101 -
Saturdays 12:30 pm-2:30 pm – 7/20, 7/27, 8/3
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 1

"Learn how to create your own CARTOON CHARACTERS and show them in action, even if you’ve never drawn before."


Looking for a fun introductory CARTOONING CLASS in Seattle? 

In this class, aimed at total beginners but open to all levels, you’ll learn how to create your own characters and show them in action, even if you’ve never drawn before.

We’ll draw simplified, humorous cartoon characters; superhero characters; animal characters; and more, using a step by step method.

No experience necessary. Everyone can learn. See also: “Drawing Comic Books“. All artwork on this page is copyright © Nils Osmar, 2018.


ART CLASS DATES!

  • CLASSES ARE COLOR-CODED TO MAKE THEM EASY TO FIND
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NEXT FOUR MONTHS ↓


JUNE CLASSES ⟶ AT A GLANCE

  • ALL JUNE CLASSES ARE OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
  • LISTED BELOW BY START DATE

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  • 🟨 ACTING CLASSES
  • 🟥 COMEDY AND IMPROV
  • 🟦 VOICEOVER CLASSES
  • 🟩 ART CLASSES
  • ⭕ WRITING CLASSES
  • 🟣 FILMMAKING CLASSES

🟨 ACTING 101
Wednesdays – June 5, 12, 19 and 26 – 7pm-9pm


🟨 ACTING 103
Wednesdays June 5, 12, 19 and 26 – 5pm-7pm


🟦 VOICEOVER 102 
Wednesdays – 6:30pm-8:30 pm – 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26


🟥 STAND UP COMEDY
Wednesdays – June 5, 12, 19 and 26 – 5pm-7pm


🟨 ACTING INTENSIVE: TEAM BUILDING FOR THE 48
Class times: Thursdays 6 pm-8:30 pm.
Class dates: June 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Film date: Sat. July 13, from 8 am-7 pm


🟨 AUDITIONING WORKSHOP
Saturday June 8 only, 10 am-4 pm


🟦 VOICEOVER 101
Saturdays 10am-12pm: 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29


🟦 🟨 ACCENTS FOR ACTORS
Saturdays 1pm-3pm: 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29


🟩 ACRYLIC PAINTING
Sundays 6/9, 6/16 and 6/23, 10am-12:30pm


🟩 WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Sundays 6/9, 6/16 and 6/23, 1:30pm-3:30pm


🟨 ACTING 101 
Sundays 12:30pm-2:30 pm – 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30


🟨 ACTING 102
Sundays 3 pm-5 pm – 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30


🟨 ACTING 103 
Sundays 6pm-8pm – 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30


🟨 ACTING WITH EMOTION
Sundays 10am-12pm – 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30


🟦 VOICEOVER 103
Sundays, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30. 10am-12 pm


WRITING SCIENCE FICTION
Tuesdays 4:15pm-6:15pm. June 11, 18, 25 and July 2


🟩 DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS 
Tuesdays 6/11, 6/18, 6/26, 6:30pm-8:30pm


🟨 ACTING FOR CAMERA 102
Saturdays June 15, June 22, June 29 – 10-1pm


🟨 ACTING INTENSIVE: 3 SCENES
Sat. 12pm-3pm 6/15, 6/22, 6/29


🟩 DRAWING FACES & PORTRAITS
Saturday 6/15 and 6/22, 10 am-12 pm


🟩 FIGURE DRAWING 
Saturdays 6/15 and 6/22 – 12:30-2:30 pm


🟩 DRAWING COMIC BOOKS
Sat. June 29 only: 10 am-3pm

JULY CLASSES  ⟶  AT A GLANCE

  • ALL JULY CLASSES ARE OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
  • LISTED BELOW BY START DATE

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  • 🟨 ACTING CLASSES
  • 🟥 COMEDY AND IMPROV
  • 🟦 VOICEOVER CLASSES
  • 🟩 ART CLASSES
  • ⭕ WRITING CLASSES
  • 🟣 FILMMAKING CLASSES

🟨 ACTING 102
Wednesdays, 7 pm-9 pm. July 10, 17, 24, 31


🟨 ACTING 104
Wednesdays, 5 pm-7 pm. July 10, 17, 24, 31


🟦 VOICEOVER 102
Saturdays 10 am-12 pm – 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/2


🟦 VOICEOVER 101
Sundays 10 am-12 pm – 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/3


🟦🟨 ACCENTS FOR ACTORS
Sundays 10 am-12 pm – 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/3


🟩 DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS
Saturdays 10 am-12 pm – 7/20, 7/27, 8/3


🟩 CARTOONING
Saturdays 12:30 pm-2:30 pm – 7/20, 7/27, 8/3


🟩 COLORED PENCIL
Sunday July 21 only, 10:30 am-4 pm


🟨🟣 LET’S MAKE A MOVIE
3 pm-5 pm. Last 3 meetings last till 8 pm.
Saturdays 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17


🟨 ACTING 101
Sundays 10 am-12 pm – 7/21, 7/28, 8/3, 8/10


🟨 ACTING 102
Sundays 12:30 pm-2:30 pm – 7/21, 7/28, 8/3, 8/10


🟨 ACTING 103
Sundays 3 pm-5 pm – 7/21, 7/28, 8/3, 8/10


🟨 ACTING 104
Sundays 6 pm-8 pm – 7/21, 7/28, 8/3, 8/10


🟨 IMPROV 101
Sunday 7/14 only – 11 am-3:30 pm


🟨 IMPROV 102
Sunday 7/21 only – 11 am-3:30 pm


⭕ SCREENWRITING 101
Mondays 6 pm-8 pm – 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19

AUGUST CLASSES ⟶ AT A GLANCE

  • AUGUST CLASSES WITH LIVE LINKS ARE OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
  • THE OTHERS WILL OPEN SOON
  • LISTED BELOW BY START DATE

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  • 🟨 ACTING CLASSES
  • 🟥 COMEDY AND IMPROV
  • 🟦 VOICEOVER CLASSES
  • 🟩 ART CLASSES
  • ⭕ WRITING CLASSES
  • 🟣 FILMMAKING CLASSES

🟩 MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE
Sunday August 4 only, 10:30am-4 pm


🟨 ACTING 101
Wednesdays August 7, 14, 21 and 28 – 7 pm-9 pm


🟨 ACTING 103
Wednesdays August 7, 14, 21 and 28 – 5 pm-7 pm


🟥 STAND UP COMEDY
August 7, 14, 21, and 28 – 7 pm-10 pm


🟦 VOICEOVER 101
August 7, 14, 21, and 28 – 6:30 pm-8:30 pm


🟩 DRAWING FACES AND PORTRAITS
Saturday August 10 and 17, 10 am-12 pm


🟩 FIGURE DRAWING
Saturday August 10 and 17, 12:30 pm-2:30 pm


🟣 MAKING MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET
Sunday August 18 and 25, 6 pm-8:30 pm


🟩 LEARN TO DRAW IN A DAY
Sunday August 18 only (1-day workshop) – 10 am-2 pm


🟨 AUDITIONING
Sundays, August 18 and 25 – 2
pm-5:30 pm


🟩 COMIC BOOK ILLUSTRATION
Sunday August 25 only (1-day workshop) – 10 am-2 pm


🟩 OIL PAINTING
Saturday August 24 only, 10 am-3 pm

 

CLASSES STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

  • CLASSES WITH LIVE LINKS ARE OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT
  • OTHERS WILL OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT SOON

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  • 🟨 ACTING CLASSES
  • 🟥 COMEDY AND IMPROV
  • 🟦 VOICEOVER CLASSES
  • 🟩 ART CLASSES
  • ⭕ WRITING CLASSES
  • 🟣 FILMMAKING CLASSES

🟨 ACTING 102
Wednesdays, 7 pm-9 pm. 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2


🟨 ACTING 104
Wednesdays, 5 pm-7 pm. 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2


🟩 DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS
SATURDAYS – 10 AM-12 PM – 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12


🟨 AUDITIONING 101
SATURDAYS – 12:30 PM-2:30 PM – 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12


🟨 LET’S MAKE A MOVIE
SATURDAYS – 3 PM-5 PM – 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12


🟨 ACTING 101
SUNDAYS – 10 AM-12 PM – 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13


🟨 ACTING 102
SUNDAYS – 12:30-2:30 PM – 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13


🟨 ACTING 102
SUNDAYS – 3PM-5PM – 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13


🟨 ACTING 104
SUNDAYS – 6 PM-8 PM – 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13


🟨🟣 ACTING INTENSIVE: TEAM BUILDING FOR THE 48
THURSDAYS – 6 PM-8:30 PM – 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17


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Topics covered in this Seattle cartooning class include:

  1. How to draw cartoon heads and faces from several different angles, rotating the head (and body) while keeping a good resemblance to the character you’re drawing
  2. How to draw facial expressions and emotions
  3. How to draw cartoon figures, clothing, hands, and feet
  4. How to draw human and animal characters
  5. How to draw in pencil, then finish your cartoons in ink
  6. How to draw cartoon backgrounds, such as living rooms and outdoor scenes, then put your characters in them
  7. How to draw newspaper comic strips (such as Doonesbury, The Far Side or Garfield)
  8. How to draw humorous one panel “spot” and “gag” cartoons
  9. How to get your cartoons published, and how perhaps make some money doing cartooning
  10. … and more.  

Whether you’re interested in gag cartoons, greeting cards, humorous illustration, drawing comic books or newspaper strips, or taking a cartooning class just for fun, this class will get you off to a good start. Nils Osmar, instructor.

© Nils Osmar 2018, all rights reserved.


MORE ABOUT THIS CLASS:

You’ll learn how to draw cartoon faces and figures; how to draw human and animal characters; and more. It’s fun and easy; anyone can learn. Plus, you’ll learn some possible ways to get your artwork published and make money from your cartooning.  Whether you’re interested in gag cartoons, greeting cards, humorous illustration, drawing comic books or newspaper strips, or taking class class just for fun, you’ll have fun and learn a lot. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: 

Nils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s, and has taught both accredited and non-accredited classes in Seattle for over twenty years, through the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College, Antioch University’s Heritage Institute, Shoreline Community College, the Wonder School, and Classesandworkshops.com. He has worked as a fine and commercial artist, and done book and magazine illustration, design, book covers and interiors. His artwork has been internationally published.


Student comments

I appreciated how you covered all of the basics, and took the time to answer student questions. – Michelle G., Seattle

The class was excellent. I learned exactly what I was hoping to. I’ll be taking more of the instructor’s art classes in the future. – Chris K., Redmond

Before the class I was drawing one figure over and over again, and didn’t know how to move her around. I feel great now, I can draw all kinds of characters and expressions. – Melanie T., Seattle

Nils is thoughtful, paces the class well, and treats everyone with respect. There were twelve adults and three youngsters in the class. He took all of the students seriously, listened to all of their questions with the same respect – K.L., Bellevue

Nils is an amazing artist, and I would say, an excellent teacher. I learned exactly what I was hoping for, and have been drawing steadily since the class. I’ll be back for more. – J.W., Bellevue

The demonstration on coloring cartoons in Photoshop was great! – Keith L, Seattle

The teacher was knowledgable and did a good job… (unsigned)

Thanks Nils! It was excellent. – Ken S.

Before the class I was drawing one figure over and over again, and didn’t know how to move her around. I feel great now, I can draw all kinds of characters and expressions. – Melanie T., Seattle

Frequently asked questions

Is this a class for beginners?
Yes. You don’t have to have any previous drawing or cartooning experience to do well in it. (People of different levels do take the class, and everyone is welcome. I’ve had professional cartoonists show up some quarters, looking for tips or help with particular issues. It’s always fun to have a mix of different levels. But most students are beginners, and the information is presented in a step by step way so that everyone can keep up.)

Is the class aimed at kids or adults?
It’s a serious drawing class, and almost all students are 18 or older. Under some circumstances, kids can attend, if accompanied by an adult. The usual age range is from college age all the way up to post-retirement, with one or two younger kids. But it’s not a “kiddie class,” it’s a serious art class.