Cartooning Classes for Schools & Libraries

See things Differently!

I'm Mark Anderson, and I have the best job in the world - I’m a cartoonist.

And while drawing funny pictures and writing jokes is fun, my favorite part of the job is getting to look at the world not necessarily as it is, but as it might be.

For example: What would a raccoon order at a restaurant? What might a pirate say to his therapist? And what if someone on trial brought their sousaphone along? (All actual cartoons I’ve done.)

In my cartooning classes, students will learn to see things differently too and explore:

  • Problem solving
  • Design thinking
  • Individuality
  • Curiosity

I’d love to come to your school or library and share not only a lot of fun, but also the benefits of seeing thing differently.

Alphabet Animals

In this high-energy draw-along program, students will learn to draw 26 adorable cartoon animals using only the alphabet and simple shapes.

Length: 60 Minutes

Grades: K-3

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Dinosaurs vs. Robots

First, kids draw dangerous dinosaurs on one side of the page and then radical robots on the other. What happens next? Do they fight or have a picnic? Shoot lasers or share ice cream? Either way, students love this fun draw-along.

Length: 60 Minutes

Grades: K-3

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Creative Cartooning

In this fun, hands-on program, participants will learn how to:

  • Draw expressive cartoon faces
  • Sketch bodies in motion
  • Write jokes for cartoons
  • Use symbols to express ideas

Length: 60 Minutes

Grades: 4-6

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Wild Cartooning

In this follow-up to Creative Cartooning, students will learn to:

  • Draw cartoon animals of all types
  • Experiment with anthropomorphism
  • Explore and adapt idioms and cliches
  • Write their own animal themed jokes

Length: 60 Minutes

Grades: 4-6

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Cartoon Monsters

A total creative bonanza! Students will draw tons of crazy, unbelievable monsters. Weird blobby monsters! Scary pointy monsters! Funny hat-wearing monsters! And at the end, kids get to see their monsters come alive on the big screen and sneak up on poor unsuspecting Fuzzy Bunny!

Not just for Halloween!

Length: 60 Minutes

Grades: 4-6

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Advanced Cartooning

Aimed at tweens and teens, this in-depth class will teach students to:

  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Write and edit original captions
  • Layout and sketch concepts
  • Ink and shade their own cartoons

Length: 60 Minutes

Grades: 7-12

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Cartoon Confidential

Learn about the life of a professional cartoonist. Draw along or just listen as Anderson exposes:

  • His mysterious path to a cartoon career
  • The undisclosed process of writing captions
  • Classified information on drawing
  • Tons of hilarious cartoons

Length: 60 Minutes

Grades: Adult

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Clients

The participants had a great time and learned a lot from Mark, but equally important was Mark’s ability to handle the kids. Not everyone who presents a program knows how to manage kids.

Deidre Winterhalter Niles Public Library

Mark was very flexible, prepared, and inspirational. The children in the class were fully engaged the entire time and left with smiles on their faces.  I also received positive feedback from the parents.

Theresa Ozark Oak Brook Public Library

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FAQ

What does it cost?

My standard fee is $300 per class. However if you schedule more than one class per day the fee drops to $250 per class.

How many participants per class?

Library classes I try to keep to 25-30 students. School assemblies I recommend breaking into groups of K-3 and 4-6.

How can I buy one of the books from your classes?

Just Drop me a line and we’ll work it out.

What are your technical requirements?

For libraries I need a whiteboard and tables and chairs for students to work at. For schools, a standard projector and microphone.

When are you available?

You can see my calendar here.