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How to Draw Bugs Bunny: The Results

Okay, we didn't set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue at the Chuck Jones Big Draw like we hoped to, but and it's big but (!), we did set a record for the largest Chuck Jones art lesson taught in one venue!  Along with Chuck Jones on video, the Center's very own teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, led a class of 122 artists, students, and adults, teaching them how to draw the iconic Warner Bros. character, Bugs Bunny.  After the class, participants were encouraged to take their new found talent and draw on the walls of the venue.  The results were so wonderful, so delightful, so well-done, that we just had to share.  As Chris said, "you are drawing your Bugs Bunny, it may not look exactly like Chuck's Bugs Bunny, but it is yours." 

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Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter, led the charge to the walls and had quickly sketched out several Bugs Bunny images.  (photo courtesy Stephen Russo)

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Muralist, actor, renaissance man, all words that describe the talented James (Jimmy) C. Mulligan.  (photo courtesy Stephen Russo)

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Volunteer Tommy Martinez, graphic designer and artist, quickly sketched out an awesome looking Bugs Bunny!  Love that bent ear, so characteristic of Chuck's assertion that character dictates expression.

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Even the littlest among us had something to say about Bugs Bunny and expressed themselves visually with the same care and concentration you'd expect from a professional.  It was fantastic to watch!

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And just before you left the venue, artist Anna Panover's interpretation of Bugs Bunny reminded you what season it really was.  

You Give Us Joy

The Chuck Jones Big Draw was completely and utterly amazing.  If you were there you'll know what I mean, if you weren't, let me share this note, anonymously written on a carrot that I found last night as we were cleaning up after a full day of creativity workshops:

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[It reads: "Dear Chuck~ Thank you for touching our lives with your creative genius.  You have given us the ability to laugh at ourselves through the antics of your wonderful characters.  You give us joy.  Love from an admiring & grateful fan.!!"

You give us joy.  There was enough joy yesterday at the Chuck Jones Big Draw to go around the world at least once, if not 100 times.  When you're allowed to let your creativity shine through in a nurturing, non-judgemental environment, it is absolutely amazing what you will produce.  

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You give us joy.  Artist Sunny Dolberg shares her reverse transference process with a budding Picasso.  One of the most active of workshops, Sunny guided young and old alike in a process that creates a mono-print by painting your image on a clear acrylic sheet and pressing it (upside-down) onto a canvas or piece of paper.  The results were outstanding!

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You give us joy.   Linda Jones Clough, equestrienne and daughter of Chuck Jones, led the session, "How to Draw a Horse" (shown here discussing the finer points of horse anatomy…would that be called "horse-sense"? IDK.)  Below is the horse that Linda drew as she worked with her group.

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You give us joy.  Stephen Reis (gesturing), storyboard artist and director for the animated cartoon, "The Simpsons" shares with his group how he works as he develops the storyline and animation for the series.  Participants then worked on their own storyboards.  Cowabunga, dude!

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You give us joy.  This young lad is listening to the sage advice of artist and designer, John Ramirez, who is not only an award-winning designer and cartoonist, but is also the designer of the soon-to-open Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus in Las Vegas.  John led his burgeoning John Lasseters in the creation of their very own thaumatrope (a circular disk with a drawn image on each side, attached to two pieces of string and spun to create a moving image.)

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You give us joy.  Muralist, actor, model, father, citizen of the world; those are just some of the words that describe the wonderfully talented James (Jimmy) C. Mulligan.  All the while the Chuck Jones Big Draw was in session, he worked on this mural…started and completed in 6 hours (including a break for lunch).  Such awesomeness!

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You give us joy.  Artist and surfer, Bob Elias, handed out advice on painting to our budding Frankenthalers, Kahlos and Rothkos.  

Indeed, everyone gave us joy yesterday…here's a few more photos from the day:

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Tommy Martinez and student

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You give us joy.  Artist Mary Beth Volpini helped participants loosen up their creative muscles and switch their thinking from the left side of their brains to the right at the first station at the Chuck Jones Big Draw, "What Does Fun Look Like?"  Here two of the many teen-agers who took advantage her guidance work diligently on their answers.  

Countdown to the Chuck Jones Big Draw…817, 818, 819

We're heading into the home stretch and prepping our event space for today's Chuck Jones Big Draw.  Join us for this CREATIVITY extravaganza at South Coast Collection, 3309-E Hyland Avenue (next to the Paul Mitchell School), Costa Mesa, California today from 11AM to 5PM.  Remember we're attempting to set a world-record for the largest art class held in one venue promptly at 2PM this afternoon; we need to beat 817…be there or be square!

Last night at "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" (created and conducted by the absolutely awesome George Daugherty, far right in the photo below) Chuck Jones's grandchildren, Craig, Todd and Valerie Kausen, presented the Pacific Symphony with "Bugs Conductor" in commemoration of this amazing symphonic experience.  More photos and details to follow tomorrow–gotta run and get my creativity on!  See ya!

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Chuck Jones Big Draw: What You Can Expect to Do on Sunday

The signs are printed…

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Elyse is cutting canvas…

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And so much more is going on behind-the-scenes as we prepare for the Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at South Coast Collection, 3309-E Hyland Avenue (next to Paul Mitchell), Costa Mesa, California.  Remember FREE admission between 1 and 2PM or just $10.00 (single admission) and $20.00 for a family or group of 4 for all day access!  

Here's what you can expect to do when you arrive…

  • "What Does Fun Look Like to You?"  Mary Beth Volpini

Session # 1: 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM:

  • Station #1 Priniciples of Animation, ages 10 & up, guided by John Ramirez, award-winning designer and artist
  • Station #2 Story-boarding "Simpsons"-style, ages 10 & up, guided by Stephen Reis, storyboard artist and director of "The Simpsons"
  • Station #3 Espresso Yourself, the Art of Painting with Coffee, guided by Christopher Scardino, resident teaching artist of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
  • Station #4 Playing with Paint, guided by Shakiba Hashemi, professional artist
  • Station #5 Upside Down Art, guided by Sunny Dolberg, professional artist
  • Station #6 Design Your Dream Dress, ages 8 & up, guided by Erin Bianchi, designer
  • Station #7 How to Draw Horses, ages 8 & up, guided by Linda Jones Clough, artist, entrepreneur, andEmmy Award-winning daughter of Chuck Jones

Session # 2:  1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

  • Station #1 Priniciples of Animation, ages 10 & up, guided by John Ramirez, award-winning designer and artist
  • Station #2 Story-boarding "Simpsons"-style, ages 10 & up, guided by Stephen Reis, storyboard artist and director of "The Simpsons"
  • Station #3 Exploring Your Creative Side, guided by Christopher Scardino, resident teaching artist of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
  • Station #4 Playing with Paint, guided by Shakiba Hashemi, professional artist
  • Station #5 Upside Down Art, guided by Sunny Dolberg, professional artist
  • Station #6 Design Your Dream Dress, guided by Erin Bianchi, designer
  • Station #7 Creativity with a Camera, ages 13 & up, guided by Stephanie Adriana and Val Westover, professional photographers and lecturers 

Beginning at 2 PM until 3 PM is our attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue.  

From 3:00 to 3:30 PM Trevor Carlton and Stephen Reis will be staging a performance painting…NOT TO BE MISSED!

Session # 3:  3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

  • Station #1 Art from the HeArt: Messages in Color, ages 13 & up, guided by Mary Beth Volpini
  • Station #3 Exploring Your Creative Side, guided by Christopher Scardino, resident teaching artist of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
  • Station #4 Playing with Paint, guided by Shakiba Hashemi, professional artist
  • Station #5 Upside Down Art, guided by Sunny Dolberg, professional artist
  • Station #6 Strategic Illustration, guided by Linda Krall, artist, designer & communications expert
  • Station #7 Creativity with a Camera, ages 13 & up, guided by Stephanie Adriana and Val Westover, professional photographers and lecturers  

Throughout the day, artist Bob Elias will be painting in oils and offering tips on painting and muralist James C. Mulligan will be working on a large mural with any and all participants.

There will also be an "Artist in the Round" series where you may talk with professional artists about making art your vocation as well as your avocation.  Artists participating in this series of round-table discussions will be: Linda Jones, Stephanie Adriana, Trevor Carlton, John Ramirez, and Mike Peraza.

See you there! 

Photography Workshop Added to Chuck Jones Big Draw

Creativity with a Camera and A Photographer's Life will be the focus of noted Orange County professional photographers, Stephanie Adriana and Val Westover, as they lead a series of special seminars for devotees of the camera (13 yrs. and up) at this Sunday's Chuck Jones Big Draw.  

We interrupt this program to bring you this important announcement!

This just in: FREE admission to the Chuck Jones Big Draw between 1 and 2 PM.  Help us break a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue and learn how to draw Bugs Bunny from Chuck Jones!

We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.

Stephanie Adriana

Stephanie Adriana's award-winning work can be found in Cowboys and Indians magazine, covers and articles for Ladera Ranch Magazine, Coto de Caza Quarterly, Wrangler Magazine, as well as displayed in hotels, restaurants and homes around the country. Stephanie also enjoys photographing destination and celebrity weddings, modeling headshots, boudoir, engagement and family portraiture.

"Life is so beautiful to me, I am constantly awed and inspired by the beauty that surrounds me, so much so that all I want to do is "Capture that moment in time Forever" with my camera.  I am terribly distracted by color! I'm overwhelmed by the desire to capture it as I see it, brights, darks, brilliant hues and rich tones…. in all of their glory! Some times the beauty of a scene or situation completely captivates me and I'm compelled to photograph it until I've captured it perfectly. What an awful affliction to have!"   Click on Stephanie's photo above to see her portfolio.

Val Westover

Val Westover is a speaker, author, photographic educator and photographer. His clients come from all walks of life, from the girl next door to the celebrity superstar and everyone in between. He has been privileged to shoot some   incredible weddings and portrait sessions, meeting some amazing people.    
    
For over two decades, Val has pioneered his unmistakable style, influencing many photographers. He was the district manager for one of the nation’s largest portrait studios, and for over seven years was personally responsible for the training and development of hundreds of photographers. Val opened his own studio in 1994, and his portrait work can be found in homes all over the world.
         
Photographers come from all over the country to learn how to “photograph like a pro”. Val offers a variety of photography workshops and is available for private   one-on-one coaching, incredible destination photography expeditions and professional business consultations.
    
Val has a gift in bringing out the true personality of anyone, especially children. Posed or photojournalistic portraits, Val captures warmth, happiness, laughter and love.  To view Val's portfolio, click on his photo above.

 

To learn more about their programs, click on Capturing True Emotion.  

The Chuck Jones Big Draw is thrilled to have the participation of these two very talented photographers on Sunday, August 7, 11 AM to 5 PM at South Coast Collection (next to Paul Mitchell), 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California.  To register, visit EventComplete.com.  

Trevor Carlton: The Secrets of a Professional Artist

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to be a professional artist?  Is it all berets and filterless French cigarettes and double shots of espresso and an unexplainable cough and nubile nudes posing for you under the north-facing skylight in your garrett atelier or is it something else entirely?

You'll have the chance to find out on Sunday, August 7th, at the Chuck Jones Big Draw as artist Trevor Carlton shares his secrets and the ins and outs of working professionally as an artist.  

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Trevor, a native of Olympia, Washington, started painting in high school, but his first love was the stage and he went on to study acting at his local college, and then at the Lee Strasberg Acting Workshop in Los Angeles where he pursued his acting career.  But, as happens with actors, he paid the bills by working in a custom furniture store specializing in faux finishes.  His signature style was developed here.

Using reclaimed lumber as his canvas, he started painting images of vintage Americana with subjects ranging from pop icon celebrities to jazz greats.  More recently he has been commissioned by Disney Studios to create limited edition artwork utilizing their characters in his unique style.  

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At the Chuck Jones Big Draw, Trevor will be speaking with anyone who wants to know more about the challenges and rewards of becoming a professional artist.  Also, along with his friend and painting partner, Stephen Reis, he will be creating a very special performance piece later in the afternoon.  Stick around for it–it's a terrific experience!   

The Chuck Jones Big Draw, Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at South Coast Collection, 3303 Hyland Avenue (next to Paul Mitchell) in Costa Mesa, California.  Help us set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue beginning promptly at 2 PM.  For more details and to register go to EventComplete.   "Like" us on Facebook at The Chuck Jones Big Draw!

What Does Fun Look Like? Artist Mary Beth Volpini Has the Answer!

Artist and noted interior designer, Mary Beth Volpini, will be asking you that question at the Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at SoCo (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California.  A graduate of Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, Mary Beth has been creating art and designing homes in both California and New York for the last several years.  While fighting breast cancer in 2006, she was able to rediscover her love of painting and mixed media collage and will be sharing that love at the Chuck Jones Big Draw.  Start thinking about what your answer will be when she greets you this coming Sunday.  Be there or be square!  

Don't forget we're looking to break the Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue which begins promptly at 2 PM–everyone will be learning how to draw Bugs Bunny!

  Mary Beth Volpini
 
Mary Beth Volpini has a question for you, "What does fun look like?"  What's your answer?

Surfing the Waves of Inspiration: Artist Bob Elias at Chuck Jones Big Draw

California artist and long-time Orange County resident, Bob Elias, will be a featured artist at the Chuck Jones Big Draw, Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Throughout the day Elias will be working on a new painting of two of Chuck Jones's iconic characters, but who they are will remain between Bob and I until Sunday.  So, start excersizing your drawing arm and come down to SoCo, 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa on Sunday, August 7th for the Chuck Jones Big Draw and see what this noted artist and surfer will be working on!  Help us set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue, register today!

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Artist Bob Elias at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity with his most recent painting that pays homage to an American classic, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons created and directed by Chuck Jones.

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Bob Elias works on a painting inspired by Jones's "Duck, Rabbit, Duck" cartoon of 1953.  He says he always loved cartoons (both Warner Bros. and Disney–he's also a noted painter for the theme parks) and that growing up in the artist community of Carmel-by-the-Sea in the 1950s gave him the inspiration to pursue his calling after a storied career in the hand-painted sign business.  "Those rich, deeply pigmented paints that are used for sign painting inspire my use of color to this day," said Elias. "I had so much fun at the last Chuck Jones Big Draw talking with the children and adults about painting and my technique, that I can hardly wait for this one!"  You can find Bob every so often off the shore at San O (San Onofre Beach just south of San Clemente, California) sitting on his board waiting for the perfect wave and a little bit of inspiration.  

 

Important Information! How to Draw Bugs Bunny

Since the Chuck Jones Big Draw will be setting a Guinness World Record for the most people taking an art class in one venue on Sunday, August 7th at exactly 2 PM PDT (location: 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA) and since we're all going to learn how to draw Bugs Bunny, it seems completely appropriate and timely that we should start learning from the master himself, Chuck Jones.  See you there!

Thanks to Larry Levine, co-creator of Aw Prunes for reminding me this clip existed!  Join us by registering at www.EventComplete.com.  

The Inspiration Behind the Chuck Jones Big Draw

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be presenting its second Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at SOCO (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  Loads of fun art projects for the whole family — parents don't be shy, we want to inspire your creativity too! — drawing, painting, murals, performance art, collage and sculpture.  Each station will be lovingly nurtured by the Center's teaching artists.  At 2 PM that afternoon we hope to beat the world record of 809 people at an art class led by one instructor all in one location set in 2004 in Germany.  Come help us set a new record.  Ticket information at EventComplete.com.  

Here's Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson, talking about the inspiration behind the Chuck Jones Big Draw:

 

Watch for more about the teaching artists and our generous sponsors in the coming days!