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 of three, by topic, with episode one in the chapter being the most elementary, and the second and third being slightly more advanced.

Chapter 1: Down Under

Kangaroo and Joey, Too
Cartoonist Joe Wos takes viewers through the simple steps of drawing 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
Joe takes 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. Follow along step-by-step with cartoonist Joe Wos to create this unique Aussie mammal. He’ll draw in 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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Chapter 2: Down on the Farm

Playful Pig and Delightful Duck
Joe Wos teaches students how to draw a playful piggy and a delightful 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
High up on the barn roof, a rooster wakes up early and waits for someone to draw him. Cartoonist Joe Wos will teach students 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, cartooning instructor Joe Wos will demonstrate how to pull together all the elements to set the stage. Students will also learn the basics of art composition.

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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.