Monthly Archives: January 2013

Saturday Morning Cartoons and Quick Draw at Center For Living Peace – 2/2/13

Join us every 1st Saturday of every month at 11:30am at the Center
for Living Peace in Irvine, CA with our dedicated volunteer Teaching
Artist, Doug Lothers. You'll watch a Chuck Jones cartoon and
periodically stop to capture the moment by quick drawing one of Jones'
beloved cartoon scenes. Doug will also share his approach of "classic
animation" with some examples of model sheets, a drawing disc, 35mm film
and animation cels. If drawing isn't your thing, just stop by and visit
us! The Center for Living Peace welcomes all visitors!

Center for Living Peace, 4139 Campus, Irvine, CA 92612   www.goodhappens.org  (949) 854-5500

Join us this Saturday, February 2, 2013,
and every 1st Saturday of every month. All ages welcome! Bring your
friend, significant other, parent or kids! 

11:30am-12:30pm, $1-$5 donation accepted

SMILE & CAR Hit the Road Together at McPherson Magnet School

Reporting from Orange, CA: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is pleased to have participated in the SMILE (Scientific Method Information Literary Enhance) and CAR (Credible Accurate Resources) programs at McPherson Magnet school (K-8) in Orange, California recently. Longtime friend of the Center, animator, art director, theme-park , and float designer, John Ramirez, was the special guest artist invited to discuss with the students the 12 Principles of Animation as they relate to the SMILE and CAR programs. 

If, like Chuck Redux, you're wondering what the acronyms SMILE and CAR mean, let us explain: The two acronyms are utilized to explain the method through which the students use the internet to search for accurate sources of information. (Long past are the days when anyone uses the library!) Instructor and educator Glen Warren along with the science teacher, Mrs. Conrad, have instructed the students to use animation and technology to present their findings.

The students are using animation (through PowerPoint technology) in a "something can be made from nothing" conceptual way. A representative from Google was on hand to teach the students how to get the most out of their internet searches. 

Best news: Glen Warren and the students from McPherson Magnet School were the 2013 OCDE Technology Showcase winners!

Hats off to the Center's Craig Kausen and John Ramirez for their participation and contribution to this exciting educational program. 

Kudos to the students from McPherson Magnet School and their teachers, Mrs. Conrad and Glen Warren for their winning entry! See a photo here: http://www.orangeusd.k12.ca.us/. 

“Famishius Fantasticus” Premiers at Dakota High School

Michael Markowski, a composer and longtime fan of Chuck Jones, recently was commissioned by the Wind Ensemble of Dakota High School in Macomb, Michigan to create a musical work for them. The result was "Famishius Fantasticus" a four-minute "wild concert-closer" in the words of the composer. 

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Mr. Markowski writes in a letter to Chuck Redux: "Thank you so much for allowing me to share my music with you. Chuck Jones has been a surprisingly big part of my creative life, from watching Looney Tunes as a kid to studying them in college as a film major. Famishius Fantasticus was so much fun to write, and I'm excited that I will be able to share my love for the original Looney Tunes cartoons with the current generation of high school and college music students who, in most cases, have never even seen one." 

In the foreword to the score, he's said, "When I was first asked to write a piece that "captured the energy of the students," I couldn't help but think that Wile E. Coyote was the man (or animal) for the job. The title, Famishius Fantasticus, is a direct allusion to the faux binomial (the scientific Latin name) of Wile E. Coyote, as shown in the opening freeze-frame of the 1956 Looney Tunes cartoon, There They Go-Go-Go

"…[Famishius Fantasticus] is dedicated to all my friends and colleagues who vehemently go after their dreams, who never give up, and who continue totry new things no matter how many crazy ideas might blow up in their faces."

And we agree! Here, then is the Dakota High School Wind Ensemble of Macomb, Michigan, performing Michael Markowski's Famishius Fantasticus. Enjoy! (Please pay close attention to the percussionists, they work overtime for this piece. You may also note that ping-pong balls, an air horn and the magnificent Mahler Hammer are utilized to produce some delightful sounds.)

 

Chuck Jones Retrospective Exhibition to Open at Cartoon Art Museum–San Francisco

Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination
100 Years of an Animated Artist
Cartoon Art Museum
Exhibition:
  February 9 – May 5, 2013

San Francisco:  The Cartoon Art Museum has announced a centennial
retrospective of the art of legendary animation director and creator Chuck Jones, on display from February 9
through May 5, 2013.  The exhibition, comprising 100 works of art from the
late 1930s through the late 1990s, is entitled Chuck Jones: Drawing on
Imagination
100 Years of an Animated Artist. Artwork for the exhibit is
provided by the Chuck
Jones Center for Creativity
 in
Costa Mesa, CA.

FAFU-01-005 72 dpi copy
Original model sheet for the Chuck Jones-directed "Fast and Furry-ous" 1949. This cartoon marked the debut of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. 

Chuck Jones, a graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts in
Valencia), drew $1.00 portraits on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles before
he began his career in animation as a cel washer at Ubbe Iwerks Studio in 1932.
He directed his first cartoon, “The Night Watchman,” for Leon Schlesinger
Productions in 1938 and went to helm such classic Warner Brothers shorts as
"What's Opera, Doc?" and "One Froggy Evening."  Winner
of three animation Oscars and an honorary Lifetime Achievement Oscar for
"the creation of classic cartoons and cartoon characters," Jones is
today considered synonymous with the "Golden Age" of studio animation
and has inspired many of today’s most significant film directors,
artists, and animators.  

“I have been a fan of the Cartoon Art Museum
for many years and to finally have such an extensive exhibition presented here
is like a dream come true.  My grandfather loved San Francisco and its
denizens. This exhibition, with many never-before-exhibited works, is a
masterpiece to celebrate Chuck’s Centennial Celebration,” said Craig Kausen,
Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to partner with the Chuck Jones Center for
Creativity, and to bring our patrons 100 pieces of classic and rarely seen
artwork from one of the greatest and most influential cartoonists in American
history,” said Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago.  “Chuck received
the Cartoon Art Museum’s Sparky Award for lifetime achievement in 1998, and I’m
grateful for the opportunity to further celebrate his extraordinary career and
talent.”   

About The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity located in
Costa Mesa, California. Founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient
and legendary animation creator, Chuck Jones, the Center’s vision is to inspire
the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous,
passionate, and harmonious life and world.

The Center is dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and they are
doing it through art classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of
which spring from the material in the Chuck Jones archive. Jones was a
determined saver and his writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade
life along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction form the
basis of their programs.

About the Cartoon Art Museum

Founded in 1984, the Cartoon
Art Museum
 is
the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics.
 The museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who
wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the
world.  The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and
exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians,
cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public.

Join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity at OC Mart’s Family Fair Day!

The
OC Mart Mix is hosting their monthly Family Fair Day tomorrow Saturday, January 19, 2013 beginning at 9:30am. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be
participating by hosting different "Creative Stations" to give you a
feel of what the Center has to offer!

The OC Mart Mix….The home of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity!
3321 Hyland
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  • Learn the style of Chuck Jones' "classic" animation from Doug Lothers, Teaching Artist
  • Learn drawing techniques and style from Tommy "TNEZ" Martinez, Creative Director and Owner of Planet TNEZ
  • Artables with Gina Latora — Children can create art with string, paper, glue, cotton or whatever else Gina can think of!
  • Learn basic techniques of pastels with Chris Scardino, our Resident Teaching Artist
  • …And
    as always, we'll have our Drop In and Draw supplies! Our volunteers
    will help you think of ways of how to be creative–and we'll provide the
    supplies!

Everyone is welcome! Stop by and see what the Center has to offer!  Donations accepted for materials used.

Questions? Contact Sasha Advani (949) 660-7793 x20107 or Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org

The Chuck Jones Essential Reading List Book Club & Discussion Group!

The Chuck
Jones Essential Reading List Book Club and Discussion Group

(Served with
Tea & Cake)

New Program at
Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Launches in February

Costa Mesa, CA: Linda Jones Clough, daughter of
legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones, and founding trustee of
the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity located at 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A,
Costa Mesa, CA—in South Coast Collection (SoCo), announced today the formation
and first meeting date of the Chuck Jones
Essential Reading List Book Club & Discussion Group
for Wednesday,
February 27 from 7 to 8 PM at the Center. A suggested donation to the Center
for participating is $15.00 per meeting.

“Many years
ago, my father made a list of what he considered to be an essential reading
list for any literate, English-speaking person. He felt that all 49 books
should be read at least once, if not more often. The Chuck Jones Essential Reading List Book Club & Discussion Group
will work its way through the list one book per month,” said Mrs. Clough,
“we’ll start with James Stephens’ “The Crock of Gold”, a rich mix of folklore
and philosophy by one of Ireland’s renowned authors.”

No one is
too old or too young to join the club as long as they are willing to read the
book and participate in the discussion. The book club will meet every fourth
Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 PM at the Center. Participants are expected
to read the book or story prior to the discussion meeting and be prepared to
share ideas, inspiration, or short passages of interest. The leader for the
discussion will rotate among participants; each leader for the next month’s meeting
will volunteer the prior month.

The books
selected for the first half of 2013 from the Chuck Jones Essential Reading List
are: February 27, “The Crock of Gold” by James Stephens; March 27, “Cabbages
and Kings” by O’Henry; April 24, “Farewell My Lovely” by Raymond Chandler; May
22, “The Red Pony by John Steinbeck; June 26, “Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter.
The entire year’s worth of books and meeting dates can be found at the Center’s
website calendar of events, www.ChuckJonesCenter.org/calendar.

Many of the
books are available for free by downloading them to your Kindle or other
tablet/computer or for a few dollars through Amazon and other venues for those
who prefer the sweet smell of paper and turning actual pages instead of
virtual ones.

CJ BY MJ 1983 6 x 4 72 dpi
Chuck Jones photographed at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens in 1983 by his wife, Marian Jones.

The Chuck Jones
Center for Creativity is  a
not-for-profit 501(c)3 charity located at 3321 Hyland Ave., Ste. A, Costa Mesa,
CA. Founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary
animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, the Center’s vision is to inspire
the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous,
passionate, and harmonious life and world. 

New Art Class For Kids Begins January 9!

Artables–At the Center with Gina Latora!

It begins with glue and goes from there. There will be painting — not always with a brush — your child will be surprised at the 'tools' that are used as well as the 'paint'. Adult attendance is required; please wear your painting attire!

Cost per 5-week session: $50.00 per artist, plus a $15 (cash, due at first class) material fee. Ages 1 to 12 years old welcome. These are great classes for the whole family.

Classes begin January 9, 2013. Three different sessions to choose from!

10:45-11:45A   1/9/13 -2/6/13*

12:30-1:30P     1/9/13 -2/6/13*

1:45-2:45P       1/9/13 -2/6/13*

*If a class needs to be rescheduled (due to CJCC scheduling) during the session, the make up date will be 2/13/13

Gina Latora, artist and educator, has been providing art classes for children and preschoolers in Orange and Los Angeles Counties for over seventeen years. Her "Artables" class is particularly well-suited for preschoolers, and will also captivate children of all ages. The earlier a child begins to discover the world of art, the earlier they develop self-confidence and are able to articulate visually their own ideas. Email: artablesofginalatora@gmail.com

Classes held at:

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
3321 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Register at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Call Sasha Advani to register your budding artists today! 949-660-7793 x107 or email: Sasha@ChuckJonesCenter.org

Saturday Morning Cartoons and Quick Draw at Center for Living Peace

Join us every 1st Saturday of every month at 11:30am at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine, CA with our dedicated volunteer Teaching Artist, Doug Lothers. You'll watch a Chuck Jones cartoon and periodically stop to capture the moment by quick drawing one of Jones' beloved cartoon scenes. Doug will also share his approach of "classic animation" with some examples of model sheets, a drawing disc, 35mm film and animation cels. If drawing isn't your thing, just stop by and visit us! The Center for Living Peace welcomes all visitors!

Center for Living Peace, 4139 Campus, Irvine, CA 92612   www.goodhappens.org  (949) 854-5500

Join us for the first class of the year, Saturday, January 5, 2013, and every 1st Saturday of every month. All ages welcome! Bring your friend, significant other, parent or kids! 

11:30am-12:30pm, $1-$5 donation accepted