Monthly Archives: August 2010

Chuck Jones Quote of the Day: Learning a Little Bit

"I concentrated on learning a little bit about everything that
interested me and a lot about drawing until my hand would respond to
what my mind dictated and my brain became a treasure house of pertinent
trivia.

Chuck Jones, page 10, Stroke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art

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Celebrate Bugs Bunny’s 70th at Morgan Hill Exhibition Opening Friday!

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Morgan Hill Downtown
Association are joining forces again to bring a new presentation of
Chuck Jones artwork to Morgan Hill.

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This Friday, August 13th from 7pm to 9pm, celebrate Bugs Bunny's 70th Birthday with Craig Kausen (Chuck's Grandson) at the Mayor's Reception in downtown Morgan Hill.

The event showcases over 100 works of art ranging from original oil paintings to vintage production materials to newly released editions and more…

The Exhibition is located at 17380 Monterey Rd. in the heart of Morgan Hill.

If you're anywhere in Northern California, you'll want to check out this exhibition which runs through September 5th.

Chuck Jones Quote of the Day: Cringing Little Creature

"Well, it turns out that man, for instance, is not quite the helpless
cringing little creature he likes to think he is:  of all the living
creatures in the world, from amoeba to sulphur-bottomed whales, man
belongs in the top two percent in size and probably in the top half of
one percent in ferocity, blood lust and sheer muscle."

Chuck Jones, page 12, Stroke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art

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Video of the Day: How to Talk to Children

Chuck Jones writes in Chuck Reducks how he learned from his
Uncle Lynn the best way to talk to children: as you would anyone you
encountered, with grace, humility, interest and understanding. 

He writes, "Never in all the years I knew him did Uncle Lynn ever
muss my hair or thump my head.  If he had something to say to me when I
was half his height, he would sit casually down in a chair, to be level
with me.  He never squatted to communicate with me or any child–a
demeaning gesture defining the difference in relative statuses.  He
never talked down, physically or philosophically, to any human being,
any dog, cat, or housefly.  He is the only person I ever knew who would
talk to caterpillars, reassuring them of their thrilling future as
butterflies.

Another problem with Uncle Lynn was that he made you think.  Most
other adults told you what to think, which of course wasn't thinking at
all."  

In the video below, Chris Scardino, one of our volunteer Teaching
Artists at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, discusses how he
integrates Chuck's philosophies into the classes he leads at the
Center.  (Video courtesy Nicholas W. Snyder of Chapman University,
Orange, California.) 

Exercise no. 4: Monologue Verite from Nicholas W. Snyder on Vimeo.

Chuck Jones Quote of the Day: Marvelous Confidence

"I
have come to know Bugs so well that I no longer have to think about
what he is doing in any situation. I let the part of me that is Bugs
come to the surface, knowing, with regret, that I can never match his
marvelous confidence."

–Chuck Jones, page 26, Stoke of Genius, A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art

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