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Summer Workshop Programme

Our new Summer Workshop Programme is now available. To book online for any of the workshops below please click here

Fri 16th August:
Cut-Out Superhero Animation, 11am - 3.30pm
Valentina Grasso has spent the last year teaching kids around the world but she's back with us this summer to help you make simple animated superhero films in the manner of the 1960s Marvel cartoons. (They're great fun, look them up on Youtube!).
Ages 8-12,   £25

Tues 20th August:
Fantastic Beasties, 11am - 1pm
Richy K Chandler is back with a new session showing you how to combine animals to create bizarre cartoon creatures. 
Ages 8-12   £12

Humorous Heroes, 2 - 4pm
Not all superheroes have to be grim and serious, some of them are meant to make us laugh, like Captain Underpants, Spider-Ham, or Bananaman. Chris Geary will help you come up with some silly superheroes and villains and draw an amusing adventure. 
Ages 8-12   £12

 Weds 21st August:

Manga for Beginners, 11am - 1pm
Takayo's back to teach the basics of making manga for people who have just discovered the world of Japanese comics.
Ages 8-12   £12 

Chibis! 2 - 4pm
A chibi is a small, ultra-cute version of a manga or comic character. Sally-Ann Hickman shows you how to draw chibi versions of Harry Potter, Batman, and other famous characters, and how to come up with your own.
Ages 8-12   £12 

Thurs 22nd August:

Dynamic Heroes & Heroines, 11am - 1pm
If you like drawing your favourite superheroes from film, TV and comics, Chris Geary will show you how to draw them in dynamic and dramatic poses that will get your artwork noticed!
Ages 10-15   £12

Tomorrow's World, 2 - 4pm
Rachael 'Crystal' Ball helps you look into the future to create sci-fi characters, buildings and household appliances. Atomic Toasters, Wind-Powered Toilets... you get the idea. But will our gadgets aid us... or destroy us?!! You can decide in your own comic-strip.
Ages 8-12   £12 

Fri 23rd August:
Clayfaces, 11am - 3.30pm
In this claymation workshop with Valentina Grasso you'll make grotesque 3D cartoon faces for a short animated film that you'll be able to watch later on our Youtube channel.
Ages 8-12  £25

Tues 27th August:
Animal Antics, 11am - 1pm
Richy K Chandler, writer of Wallis & Gromit and writer/artist of Lucy the Octopus, shows you how to create successful cartoon animals and draw them in a comic strip. 
Ages 8-12   £12

Make a Mini-Comic, 2 - 4pm
Lots of comic creators got started by making mini-comics. Steve Marchant shows you how to create your own characters and draw them into a special booklet that you'll easily be able to make copies of to give to your friends.
Ages 8-12   £12

Weds 28th August:
So You Want To Be A...? 11am - 1pm
Acclaimed manga artist Takayo Akiyama has illustrated two new books in which young people become Vikings or Roman Soldiers. What might you become? Takayo will show you how to draw a short manga story with you as the star!
Ages 8-12   £12                       

Car-Toons, 2 - 4pm
Nik Afia was one of the designers of the globally-successful TV show Brum, where cars had faces and personalities - a bit like Thomas the Tank Engine. He'll show you how to make cartoon characters out of cars, buses, trains, scooters and other forms of transport. All aboard!
Ages 8-12   £12

 Thurs 29th August:
Design A Beano Cover, 11am - 1pm
Using our special worksheets, you'll design your own Beano front cover featuring some of your favourite characters.
Ages 8-12   £12                            

Manga Kawaii, 2 - 4pm
Kawaii is a Japanese word for cute or loveable. In this session, manga artist Sally-Ann Hickman will show you how to draw super-cute people and animals. Using your newly acquired skills you will then put your characters into their very own cartoon world.
Ages 8-12   £12 

Fri 30th August:

Modern Myths & Magic, 11am - 1pm
For fans of all things fantasy, Rachael Ball shows you how to update characters from myths and fairytales in a 21st Century setting.
Ages 8-12   £12

Cosmic Comics, 2 - 4pm
Nik's back to show you how to design intrepid galactic adventurers, droids, aliens and evil galactic warlords. Then you'll fill a panoramic page as though it was a poster for a sci-fi movie blockbuster! 
Ages 8-12   £12

Learn at the Cartoon Museum

The Museum’s Learning Programme provides a range of stimulating workshops that encourage young people to explore their creativity and be inspired by the wide variety of cartoons and comic pages in the Museum’s collection. Workshops can be tailored to suit all ages and levels of ability, and are taught by professional artists and writers with years of teaching experience.

If a trip to the Cartoon Museum is not possible or practical, many of our workshops are available as outreach sessions to schools in London zones 1-9.

The brand-new Cartoon Museum has two large galleries and numerous displays exhibiting original artwork from British comics, graphic novels, newspapers and magazines from the 18th century to the present day. All schools will get an opportunity to see the exhibitions, and a learning trail booklet can be included as part of the session. Our purpose built new Clore Learning Studio can comfortably accommodate up to 30 pupils and we will be adding to the variety of sessions on offer later in 2019.

 he Museum’s Learning Programme provides a range of stimulating workshops that encourage young people to explore their creativity and be inspired by the wide variety of cartoons and comic pages in the Museum’s collection. Workshops can be tailored to suit all ages and levels of ability, and are taught by professional artists and writers with years of teaching experience.

If a trip to the Cartoon Museum is not possible or practical, many of our workshops are available as outreach sessions to schools in London zones 1-9.

The brand-new Cartoon Museum has two large galleries and numerous displays exhibiting original artwork from British comics, graphic novels, newspapers and magazines from the 18th century to the present day. All schools will get an opportunity to see the exhibitions, and a learning trail booklet can be included as part of the session. Our purpose built new Clore Learning Studio can comfortably accommodate up to 30 pupils and we will be adding to the variety of sessions on offer later in 2019.

 
 
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Create a Comic Strip

Students design their own character, practice drawing from different viewpoints, and learn how to use a simple narrative structure to produce a one-page comic strip story.

This session is suitable for all abilities, but is especially useful for groups that find literacy challenging.

It can also be used to reflect topics being studied in other school work.

 
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Superheroes

Perennially popular, this session shows pupils how to create their own costumed adventurers, design a dastardly villain and draw them both in action.

Characters can also reflect topics such as ecology, road safety, health, etc.

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Caricature

An experienced caricaturist shows your group how to create their own cartoon self-portraits. By prior arrangement, the group can also learn how to draw caricatures of celebrities, politicians and other famous people.

At the end of this session, one lucky student can win a cartoon portraits by the tutor in a quick competition!

 
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World War 1 / World War 2 in Cartoons

Students examine some of the different types of cartoons produced during WWI or WWII. They will then draw their own cartoons or caricatures reflecting these troubled times in our history.

 
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Manga

In a series of short exercises, students will practice some of the different drawing styles and visual storytelling skills emlpoyed by manga artists, and then produce their own page of manga.

This session can also serve as an introduction to manga (Japanese comics) for the uninitiated.

 
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Claymation

A claymation specialist shows students how to use modelling clay to create characters and settings. They will then produce their own stop-motion animated film.

15 students max

 
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Cut-out Animation

A professional animator teaches students how to draw cut-out characters and use collage to create their own short animated film.

15 students max

 
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Ages 4-6

For the very young, for whom simply holding a pencil correctly might be a bit of a challenge, we offer this fun workshop where they draw a silly superhero right onto a pre-printed comic cover. They can then add numbers and their name, and have fun colouring in.

“All the children enjoyed it and we saw an improvement in their drawing”. Hawley Primary School, Camden

 

Book a workshop

Workshops must be booked in advance and are available 11am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday during term time.

Our classroom can comfortably seat up to 30 students (15 for animation sessions).

We can accommodate larger groups (except for animation) by arrangement.

Fees:

  • 2-hour workshops (drawing) £100

  • 4-hour workshops (animation) £230

To book, email the Cartoon Museum’s Learning Team: learning@cartoonmuseum.org.

 

FAQs

Nearest tube? We are 8 minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus

We’ve booked a workshop for 11am - what time should we arrive? The museum opens at 10.30am, so schools should aim to arrive at around 10.50am

Can we have lunch at the museum after our session? The only space available is the classroom, which you are welcome to use as long as you leave the space clean and tidy. The 4-hour animation workshop includes 30 minutes for a lunch break.

How soon after an animation workshop can we see the finished film on Youtube? The tutor will need to work for several hours editing the material and add a soundtrack. As a general rule, films can be viewed 7-10 days later on our channel.