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Creativity Meets the San Jose Convention Center!

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was invited to participate in the grand opening ceremonies of the newly renovated and rebuilt San Jose Convention Center. George Daugherty, a recently installed board member of the Center and also the Music Director and Conductor for Ballet San Jose made the connection between the two entities. He performed his award-winning “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” as part of the opening day ceremonies on family day, October 10th, which featured several of Chuck Jones’s Looney Tunes cartoons.

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Pamala Meador, right, a local artist and business owner from Morgan Hill, graciously set aside her busy schedule to assist the Center’s resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino during the San Jose Convention Center’s Grand Opening Family Day.

The Center provided an exhibition of artwork from the Chuck Jones masterpiece, “What’s Opera, Doc?” as well as an recreation of the famous chaise longue upon which Bugs as Brunhilde entices the unsuspecting Elmer Fudd as Siegfried. Our resident teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, accompanied by local artist, Pamala Meador (Morgan Hill), who graciously set aside her busy schedule to work with families and children attending the festivities. A good time was had by all!

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Christopher Scardino gives his undivided attention to a participant. All photographs by Tony Damiano. Thanks Tony!

 

Creativity at Vital Link

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, (April 13th-15th), the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity hosted a booth full of activities, artwork, and character galore at the Orange County Youth Expo’s Vital Link’s STEM & DMA Showcase 2012 (Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Digital Media Arts). 

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Chuck Jones Center’s head teaching artist, Chris Scardino beautifully spearheaded the presentation and programs at the event. 

One of the masterful by-products of this 3-day endeavor was this inspired work created by dozens of participants (young and young-at-heart) throughout the weekend. 

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This turned out be a truly inspired, imaginative, and collaborative event!

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We heard from other attendees that the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's booth was filled with participants every single day of the event. And although there were robots, video games, science projects, and other 'high tech' booths to explore, our simple booth–filled with paper and pencils–elicited the most positive response from the children (and some of the adults.)

"All you can give a child is time." –Chuck Jones

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Draw the White Seal with Christopher Scardino

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Christopher Scardino, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's resident teaching artist was filmed for Pencils.com's Studio 602 blog drawing the Chuck Jones character, Kotick, the White Seal. Read the article here (or click the above image) and view the video. Check out the Center's new website, ChuckJonesCenter.org, while you're at it! 

A special shout-out to our friends at Pencils.com for their continued interest in the Center's programs!

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.  

Join Us at the Chuck Jones Big Draw as We Attempt to Set a Guinness World Record!

It’s Official!

Chuck Jones Big Draw

Goes for Guinness World Record—

Largest Art Class!

 

Tustin, CA—The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today that Guinness World Records has approved their request to set the Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in a single venue.  Scheduled for Sunday, August 7th at 2 PM sharp during the Chuck Jones Big Draw (11 AM to 5 PM) to be held at SOCO (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California, the Center will host a 45 minute drawing class during which participants will learn how to draw the star of Warner Bros. cartoons, Bugs Bunny.  The cost is $25.00 each or $40.00 for a family (or group) of four.  Tickets for the event are available through EventComplete.com.  Special pricing for organizations is available by contacting EventComplete.com. 

“Attempting to break the recent record of 817 people at an art class held in Copenhagen, Denmark in June of this year will be an awesome feat and a great experience for everyone involved,” exclaimed Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center and the grandson of Chuck Jones.  “I know that Chuck would have loved the idea of over 800 people all learning how to draw Bugs Bunny, at one time, at one location; in fact, I believe he would have loved leading the class himself!”

The Chuck Jones Big Draw is a fun-filled event that allows people of all ages and levels of artistic accomplishment to be nurtured and guided by the Center’s teaching artists in a non-judgmental environment.  Intended as an exploration of each person’s creativity, the Chuck Jones Big Draw will allow participants to experience a personal journey filled with insight and joy.  It is designed to ignite their creativity so that it may be used in all aspects of their life including school, business, sciences, sports and all of the fine arts.

Artists scheduled to offer their expertise during the Chuck Jones Big Draw include, Stephen Reis, storyboard artist for “The Simpsons”, California surf artist Bob Elias and master draftsman, Christopher Scardino, the Center’s resident teaching artist.

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is hosting the Chuck Jones Big Draw with the sponsors for this event, SOCO (South Coast Collection, Costa Mesa), Art Supply Warehouse (Westminster, Ca) and Pencils.com (a California Cedar Products Company).  The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones to promote his unique philosophy of developing the creative genius that resides in all of us, utilizing his drawings, films and writings as the springboard to a more joyous and innovative life.  Through public educational programs such as the Chuck Jones Big Draw, the Center reaches out to families, students and adults through interactive programs that lead them to a more passionate, joyous, and harmonious life and world.