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Class #80941
Tuition: $99 + $10 registration fee
Sat. March 24, 2018, 10am-3:15pm
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 5

IMPORTANT NOTE: This page describes our 1-DAY CARTOONING CLASS. It’s also offered in a 4 week versionThe 1-day version is great for students who’d like to get a good working understanding about a topic in a single day. The 4-week version works great for folks who love diving into a topic in more depth, and having more time to practice it. To learn more about the 4-week version, please click here.  Nils Osmar, instructor.

In this fun one-day Seattle cartooning class, aimed at beginners but open to all levels, you’ll learn:

  1. How to create your own cartoon characters – even if you’ve never drawn a cartoon before
  2. How to draw cartoon heads and faces based on several different easy-to-draw models
  3. How to show your character from different angles
  4. How to draw facial expressions and emotions
  5. How to draw cartoon figures, based on an easy underlying shape
  6. How to show your cartoon figures in action, and from a variety of angles
  7. How to draw cartoon clothing, hands, and feet
  8. How to draw both human and animal characters
  9. How to sketch out cartoon ideas roughly in pencil so you can work out the details, then finish them in ink
  10. … and more.  

CC-HEADERWhether 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. It’s fun and easy; anyone can learn.

Age range: This class is open to adults and to teenagers 13 or older. (Almost all of the students are adults.) Pre-teenagers can attend, but only if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. (The parent can either sign up too, or wait in a room across the hallway). The subject is cartooning, but it’s a serious art class, not a place to “drop off the kiddies.”

Lunch break: There will be a lunch break around 12:30 or 1 pm. You can bring your own lunch or step out to grab a bite. (The Plaza Cafe is less than a block away from the building where the class is held.)

Frequently asked questions:

  1. Can kids come to the class? Most students in our classes, including this one, are adults. But younger folks can also attend under some circumstances. See “age range” information, above.
  2. Where does the class meet? It meets on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. The exact building address and driving directions will be sent when you sign up.
  3. Is there a charge for parking on the UW campus? On Saturdays, it costs $5 to park on campus (for the entire day). On Sundays, parking is free.
  4. What’s the difference between the one-day version of this class and the five week version? The classes are very similar, but the 5 week version goes into more depth about some topics, including perspective, inking, getting your cartoons and comics published, and page and panel design. There are also (optional) homework assignments between each of the five meetings, to give you specific things to practice, to keep perfecting your skills.
  5. Which version would you recommend for which students? If your time is tight and you enjoy diving into a subject for a day, then moving on, you may like the one-day version best. If you like exploring a subject in depth, with lots of time to practice and do homework exercises between classes, the 5-week version is recommended.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORNils 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, including pencil drawings, paintings, cartoons and comics, 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