Monthly Archives: April 2010

This inspired me today…


Original production cel from the 1966 Chuck Jones produced and directed Oscar-winning short animated film, "The Dot and the Line," India ink on rice paper with an gouache on acetate overlay.  

"Lines are the grammar of all art.  Even in animation, all characters are born of graceful, linear drawing.  The most important discovery I made at Chouinard, one that has been shared by every artist, cartoonist, painter in history…was the ability to live by the single line–that single, honest delineation of the artist's intent."  –Chuck Jones

Image of the Day: Opticular Successimus


"Opticular Successimus" is a hand-painted cel art edition created from an original line drawing by Chuck Jones.  We believe it to be the only time that Wile E. Coyote has ever captured the Road Runner (in real time and not in a dream) using his ACME spectacles. 

That reminds me, it's time for an eye exam, how about you? 

Chuck Jones Events at Tempe Center for the Arts

This past week found Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and President of the Board of Trustees for Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, again in Tempe, Arizona, at Tempe Center for the Arts conducting workshops at the local high schools and hosting the "Paper Cup Exchange" (pictured) at TCA with over 40 local participants.  On hand as a special guest was animator & creator, John Ramirez.  Ramirez and Kausen also spoke to over 100 animation and digital photography students at local area high schools on Thursday and Friday to much acclaim!  Friday evening, Kausen hosted an outdoor Chuck Jones Film Festival at Kiwanis Movies in the Park, where over 500 local denizens enjoyed the laughter and creativity of many of Jones' most inspired comedic masterpieces. 

Paper cup exchange april 16 2010

Image of the Day: Crawford

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Original comic strip drawing by Chuck Jones for his short-lived foray into daily and Sunday comics, "Crawford"–mixed media on paper created for the March 6, 1978 daily.  From 1977 to 1978 Jones drew the syndicated comic strip, "Crawford" (also known as "Crawford and Morgan") for the Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate. 

Image of the Day: Life Drawings — Men

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As mentioned in previous posts, throughout his life, Chuck Jones studied the human form, either independently or in formal life drawing classes.  The image of the man (above) is a mixed media (charcoal and chalk on paper) from a life drawing class Jones participated in the 1950s.  The oil painting below is also from the 1950s and exhibits all of the hallmarks of Jones' signature style and graphic genius. 

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Take the Lead Teen Summit

Take the Lead 2010

Hundreds of high school students participated in TAKE THE LEAD at the 14th Annual Teem Summit on Friday, March 12, 2010 at California State University, Fullerton.  It was the larges youth conference of its kind in Southern California.  TAKE THE LEAD is designed to promote volunteerism, develop leadership skills and increase awareness of social trends at the local, state and national levels.  Students participated in over 20 interactive workshops focusing on service, leadership and civic engagement. 

One such workshop, "Litter-ally, It's Art! Creating Socially Conscience Art," was hosted by Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.  Led by Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CJCC, Kausen led a spirited group of high-schoolers in an art class that utilized found objects (we call it 'obtainium'), assisting him was Program Director for CJCC, Pamela Marsden.  To learn more about TAKE THE LEAD, please click here.  

Some comments from participants in the CJCC workshop:

"[It was the] perfect place to be you, even if you aren't into art.  The speaker was funny and really great!"  

"This was a fantastic class!  I doubt any [other] class was more fun than this one."

"It was fun!  We got to use our creativity!"


Image of the Day: Nescafe Fur Jeden and Bus Queue London


This watercolor (above & currently on view at the Tempe Center for the Arts Chuck Jones exhibition) on paper by Chuck Jones was painted during a trip he took to visit his daughter Linda and her husband while they were living in Berlin, Germany in 1960.  It clearly demonstrates his amazing facility with the medium and his unerring eye for character.  In a similar vein, his "Bus Queue London" watercolor (below) from the same trip in 1960 captures a vibrant joie de vivre that is one of the hallmarks of Jones' style. 

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Chuck Jones Center Welcomes the Girl Scouts!

On Saturday, April 10 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM , Girl Scout Troops 734, 1172 and 1462 from around Orange County descended on the Chuck Jones Center for their first art badge-earning art class.  Led by teaching artist, Chris Scardino,

the girls spent the first part of their morning scouting Old Town Orange's Plaza for the existence of three-dimensional art.  Finding plenty of examples was no problem, with stops at the Plaza's fountain and the Martial Arts Center's windows.  



Enjoying the brief history of art around the world, the Brownie group used this opportunity to learn about creating art as a bridge project to becoming cadets.  Once back at the Center's dedicated space (131 W. Chapman,) the girls worked on a variety of art projects including learning to fold origami cranes, led by Cheryl Posner, the Executive Director of the Center.


Another project involved creating inspirational mobiles from found objects:



Other student artists developed new ways of communicating visually by designing and building sculptures from recyclables as others got their hands dirty molding figurines from clay.


All in all, Saturday at the Center inspired all of the participants (adults included!) and everyone left with a feeling of renewed creative energy; feeling hopeful, happy, and at peace. 


If this sounds like something you would like your child to participate in, please contact Pamela Marsden, Program Director for the Chuck Jones Center, 949-660-7793 or via email:

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