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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/. 

Super-artist John Ramirez to Lead 2 Animation Workshops

Are you in the Dayton, Ohio area? The awesome and amazing John Ramirez will be leading two incredible animation workshops for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity at the Dayton Art Institute this weekend. You should go and sign up for them! Click here for more details! It's all part of the Super Hero Summer at the Dayton Art Institute.

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John Ramirez with Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and Trustee of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

 

 

 

 

Photo by Stephen Russo

Meet Leonard Maltin at Creativity Season!

Film Critic, Author, Historian to Be the Special Host

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Fall Fundraiser

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today that noted film critic, author, and historian, Leonard Maltin will be the special host for the fall fundraiser, Creativity Season, to be held Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 6 PM to 10 PM at the Center, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite B, Costa Mesa, CA in the South Coast Collection (SoCo). Creativity Season will include a Chuck Jones Big Draw starring several of today’s most noted artists working in animation and other media.

“Red Carpet” tickets are $100.00 per person and include an exclusive cocktail party to meet Mr. Maltin along with artists and film directors such as Rob Minkoff (director, “The Lion King”), Kelly Asbury, (director “Gnomeo and Juliet”), George Daugherty (Creator and Conductor of “Bugs Bunny on Broadway”), and Mike Peraza (Disney Art Director “The Little Mermaid”).  

“Gala” tickets are $50.00 and include cocktails beginning at 7 PM, the Chuck Jones Big Draw, and dinner. Silent and live auctions will be presented throughout the evening and after dinner Mr. Maltin will deliver a short paean to Chuck Jones.

The evening will be catered by the Center’s partner, 24 carrots Catering & Events. Tickets may be purchased online at http://bit.ly/CreativitySeasonTickets or by phone at 949-660-7793.

“If you love the movies, you’ll love meeting Leonard,” said Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones’s daughter, Board member of the Center as well as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.  “His depth of knowledge of all things film and his love for the work my father created during his lifetime are astonishing. We’re delighted he has agreed to join us for this important fundraiser.”

“The Chuck Jones Big Draw we have planned will give our patrons and donors the opportunity to interact with some of today’s most creative talent working in animation and the arts today,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Center and Chuck’s grandson. “And it will also help explain the important work we do. It is a challenge these days to find adequate arts education; creativity is one of the most important attributes of highly successful scientists, mathematicians, and business leaders. The Center is committed to helping everyone, but particularly children, find the creative genius that resides in each of us.”

The artists who will be attending include:

George Daugherty – Symphonic conductor, Creator and Conductor of Bugs Bunny On Broadway and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, producer/director of Chuck Jones’ Peter and the Wolf, Emmy Award winning producer and director for ABC, Warner Bros., and PBS
David Ka Lik Wong – Creator and Producer of Bugs Bunny On Broadway and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, producer of Chuck Jones Peter and The Wolf, Emmy Award winning producer for ABC, Warner Bros., and PBS

Rob Minkoff: Director of Lion King, Stuart Little, The Forbidden Kingdom, The Haunted Mansion

Jeff DeGrandis: Producer of Dora the Explorer, Director for Chuck Jones Enterprises, Animator at Disney and Warner Bros.

Chris Bailey: Animation Director of Hop, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Kim Possible, Animator on Lion King

Kelly Asbury: Director of Gnomeo and JulietShrek 2, Writer of Chicken Run and Beauty and the Beast

Eric Goldberg: Director of PocahontasFantasia/2000, Animation Supervisor of AladdinPrincess and the Frog, and Hercules

Mike Peraza: Disney Art Director The Little Mermaid, Warner Bros. Animation Director, Production Designer- Anastasia, Concept- Ice AgeBeauty & Beast, Roger Rabbit, Aladdin, Ducktales, Darkwing Duck; Disney Parks Designer Carsland, Fantasyland.

John Ramirez: Designer, Art Director, Animator, Illustrator for such films as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hercules, and Toy Story II 

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was 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.

These are important goals, particularly in today’s world, when arts education is practically non-existent; we are dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and we 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 our programs.

For more information, photo files, or to arrange an interview, please call Robert Patrick at 949-660-7791 x 22103 or via email rpatrick@ChuckJonesCenter.org

Artist John Ramirez to Lead Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Workshops at Dayton Art Institute

Artist, animator, art director, and designer, John Ramirez, will be leading two workshops at the Dayton Art Institue, Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19. Ramirez, who was mentored by and worked alongside Chuck Jones, will be at the Dayton Art Institute as part of their Super Hero Summer where he will offer two classes devoted to encouraging thinking beyond the obvious and growing beyond expectations all the while developing important skill sets in drawing. For details about the workshops and to enroll your budding young artists, visit Dayton Art Institute

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John Ramirez, left, puts his head together with Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and one of the founding trustees of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity: Gala Grand Opening at South Coast Collection!

Where to start?  It's taken a day just to decompress after all of the hoopla and foopla and other oopla's, but we're here to tell you that Saturday night at 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa was a rock 'em, sock 'em, knock-out of an evening!  The doors opened at 6 PM and within a few minutes the 8000 square foot space was filled to the brim with southern California's brightest and best.  Artists, animators, writers, and actors, event planners, wedding strategists, publicists, and collectors all converged (harmonically even) to celebrate the partnership of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity with 24 carrots Catering & Events.  

Raffle winners (with many thanks to Lauren (11) and David (9) who tirelessly worked the room selling raffle tickets) chose from a wall of art; hundreds crowded around the Silent Auction wall and placed their bids; it seemed at times that there were a thousand people there, but more likely something like 400 friends and supporters of creativity, along with lovers of the art of Chuck Jones (which was everyone) came together to support the educational programs of the Center.  We thank and salute you for your gracious and generous donations.  Please take a bow!

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Chairman of the Center and Chuck's grandson, Craig Kausen, with his wife, Flavorful chef and one of the night's silent auction donors, Kimberley, greeted and shmoozed, shook hands and air-kissed, laughed and shared their love of creativity with the assembled. 

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The evening would not have been complete without the creative energy of Chuck Jones's daughter, Linda Jones Clough, seen here with her sons Todd and Craig along with Craig's son, Charlie.  It was a multi-generational kind-of-night!

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Special guest, Jeff Degrandis (left), producer and director of Nickelodeon's "Dora the Explorer", "Go, Diego, Go!" and other animated series, and one of Chuck's "Dover Boys", spoke lovingly about the effect Chuck's friendship and mentoring had on him and his career and life during the presentation before the live auction portion of the evening.

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Marian Jones, wife of Chuck Jones, with her friend Dickson Shafer, enjoyed the evening.

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To keep the children who joined us busy, as well as many of the adults, an art project to 'obliterate' a wall and furniture with color-form stickers was set up in one corner of the Center's new space.  It turned out beautifully and will be an ongoing project at the Center.

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Husband-and-wife-artists Patricia and Mike Peraza made the scene.  Mike is participating in the Homage to Chuck Jones series of original and limited edition work that is being created to celebrate Chuck Jones's Centennial this year.

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Writer, blogger, and cartoon historian, Jerry Beck, was one of the well-wishers, seen here with friend Yvette Kaplan.

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Jon Brown (left), co-owner of 24 carrots Catering & Events, addresses the crowd before the live auction. Thank you 24 carrots, we wouldn't be in this beautiful, new space without you!  24 carrots Catering & Events provided an outstanding series of buffet tables laden with delectable goodies from "build your own" sliders to exotic cheeses and liquid nitrogen infused popcorn (you breath fire like a dragon when you eat it!)  They even created a new drink just for this event, a Carrotini!  Everyone said it was delish.

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Robert Patrick (left) of the Center and Linda Jones Enterprises puts his head together with Phillip Trigas, architect (of RTK Architects in Culver City), and the designer of the new space for Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.  By the way, one lucky bidder will have 3 one-hour sessions with Phil as he guides them through the steps to producing an architectural rendering.  He graciously donated his time as a silent auction item.

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Neil Cantor, Managing Director of the Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus in Las Vegas  with his daughter, the awesome Lauren, who sold raffle tickets for us throughout the evening AND called out some of the winning numbers as well.  Thank you Neil and Lauren!  (Also, a special callout to Lauren's brother, David — not pictured — who is an incredible salesmen, you rock David!)

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Here's Craig sharing his feelings about his grandfather and creativity before the live auction.

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Here's what Craig was facing during his presentation.  Estimated attendance, 375.

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Our favorite muralist and actor, James C. Mulligan, painted throughout the evening a new mural on one of the tower entrance walls…watch this space for its completion!

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A work-in-progress…

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Collectors Louis and Sandra Lozano (2nd & 3rd from left) enjoyed their Carrotinis with the Yetsko's; Johnny (far left), John, Leigh, and Matt.  

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Artist Bob Elias with friend enjoyed the proceedings.  

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Vivienne and John Ramirez (left, John is the designer of the Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus in Las Vegas) with Neil Cantor and Jeff Degrandis (far right).  

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The incomparable Todd Kausen with his wonderful wife, Krista.  Todd donated a live and a silent auction item that tech nerds were all over…one involved filming a sporting event (you know there are going to be a lot of buttons to push) as well as another that included a behind-the-scenes tour of the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles (more widgets & gagdets!)

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Artist, beard-grower, and all around great guy, Mike Kungl, with his charming and delightful wife, Dana, made the scene that much livelier and fun.  Mike has been working on a series of works that will be part of the Chuck Jones Centennial Homage series.  

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A special thank you and shout-out to Stephen Russo, seen here with the Center's Program Director, Pamela Marsden, who provided Chuck Redux with all of these phenomenal photos!  Thank you, Stephen!

 

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…The Chuck Jones Experience

Okay, it doesn't have the same lilting cadence, but Chuck Redux is here in Las Vegas where the temperature is frosty (no snowmen that we could see, but brrrr!), and we're ready to tell you that the Chuck Jones Experience is one amazing attraction.  Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson, and I flew in yesterday to install the art exhibit at the Experience (more on that with photos tomorrow) and since this was the first time your author had seen it, I'm here to tell you that you won't believe how awesome it is. From the moment you walk in until the second you walk out — there is something fun to do, beautiful to see, and exciting to feel.  Fans of Chuck Jones, actually I'm going to include everyone who is a fan of animation and great cartoons, is going to find this experience, the Chuck Jones Experience, thrilling and that is not just me being hyperbolic.  Forthwith, some photos:

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When you first enter, you encounter Tareco Drive, the street that Chuck lived on in the Hollywood Hills for many years.  The name of the street was derived from Tarbell Realty Company (Ta-Re-Co) who had developed and sold much of the property.

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Tareco Drive will take you past the Chuck Jones Theater, where you'll…

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…stop to watch a cartoon and maybe a short film on the life of Chuck Jones or some other aspect of the world of animation, while you're there, you may even run into…

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…the awesome designer of the Experience, John Ramirez, a creative genius who knew Chuck Jones and has created some of the world's great theme park attractions, floats and other spectacles that entertain and amuse.  He's tops in our book!

Speaking of running into people (were we?)…while you're there, you never know who you might get to meet…

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…there's always the chance that Chuck's grandson and chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Craig Kausen (seen standing left speaking with designer John Ramirez–seated–and Neil Cantor–whose committment to this project is without peer–and to the right, guests John and his son, Michael.) 

When you exit the Chuck Jones Theater, you might want to look down…

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…because you might just discover that you're standing on the manhole cover over the sewer where your 100,000 bad drawings drain away.  You do know that story, don't you?  About the 100,000 bad drawings?  Chuck had an art teacher at Chouinard Art Institute in the 1920s who told his class, "You birds have 100,000 bad drawings in you, start getting rid of them now!"

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 You'll not be surprised to run into your friends, Daffy W. Griffith and his cameraman, Bugs Bunny as they film….but, i've gotta run and get to work putting the finishing touches on the art installationsin Chuck's office, the "Measure Up" room and the museum, plus much, much more!

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! 

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. 

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Animator John Ramirez and Craig Kausen to Appear at Tempe Center for the Arts

Animator John Ramirez ("Beauty and the Beast," "Toy Story 2") and Chuck
Jones' grandson, Craig Kausen, will be at the Tempe Center for the Arts
April 15-17 for presentations and workshops.  Read the full article in
the Los Angeles Examiner.

Animator John Ramirez and Craig Kausen to Appear at Tempe Center for the Arts

Animator John Ramirez ("Beauty and the Beast," "Toy Story 2") and Chuck Jones' grandson, Craig Kausen, will be at the Tempe Center for the Arts April 15-17 for presentations and workshops.  Read the full article in the Los Angeles Examiner