Cartoon Academy with Joe Wos

Pittsburgh cartoonist Joe Wos takes students through the creative steps of drawing cartoon characters, while sharing educational facts on the cartoon subjects. Viewers will also learn artistic terms during each lesson. The videos will be produced in chapter clusters, by topic, with episode one in the chapter being the most elementary, and the second and third being slightly more advanced. Chapter episodes range from six to nine minutes in length.

Chapter 4: Winter Wonderland

That's Snow Business

Joe walks viewers through a winter wonderland and the steps to creating a cartoon snowman. Students get more advice on bringing characters to life through costume.

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Playful Penguin

Grab your paper and pen and float on down to the South Pole where we will draw an ice-skating penguin. You'll also get a lesson in the concepts of shape and form.

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Seal of Approval

Meet two North Pole pals: A Narwhal and his best friend Seal! Students will also learn about character relationships.

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Chapter 3: Household Pets

Dog Gone Cute

Learn to draw an adorable dog using letters, numbers, and simple shapes. Joe will also share tips on using props to set a scene.

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A Very Fancy Hamster

In this episode we draw a hamster all dressed up in his top hat and tails. Students will see how costume can help transform a character. 

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Something's Fishy

Our fishy friend looks a little worried when we draw a cat to keep him company! Students will also learn about the relationship between predator and prey.

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Chapter 2: Down on the Farm

Playful Pig and Delightful Duck

Learn how to draw a pig and duck using easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Students will be familiarized with art terms such as “setting,” “symmetry” and “profile.”

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Rooster on the Roof

Learn how to draw that barnyard alarm clock commonly called the rooster. Students will also learn about conveying emotions through facial expression.

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Cow

Students will create a real scene at the farm. Incorporating a cow character, barn, and scenery. Students will also learn the basics of art composition.

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Chapter 1: Down Under

Kangaroo and Joey, Too

Draw one of “Down Under’s” most popular denizens - a kangaroo and its baby, commonly known as a Joey. Students will also learn about adding background to an illustration.

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Koala and a Kooky Kookaburra

Take to the trees of Australia where we learn to draw a Koala and Kookaburra. Students will also learn about using line to create the illusion of texture.

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Platypus and Crocodile

Learn to draw one of the world’s most unusual animals, the platypus and another Australian water creature, the crocodile. Students will also learn how similar features can be used to create completely different characters.

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Cartoon Academy Quick Draws

Enjoy these mini episodes of Cartoon Academy. In little more than a minute, Joe shares fun tips on everything from character personality - to practice!

Colorful Personality

Learn how color helps convey emotion.

Practice Makes Pretty Good

The best way to learn is to practice!

Tooling Around

Different tools provide different types of lines.

Doodling

Finding inspiration in scribbles.

About Joe Wos
Joe Wos is an award-winning, internationally syndicated cartoonist. He has been working professionally as a cartoonist since the age of 14 and teaching cartooning for more than 30 years. Mr. Wos has performed with symphony orchestras, established a world record, and performed live at over 1,000 venues worldwide, including visits as the guest cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum for nearly 20 years.

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Central Catholic High School