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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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Green and yellow
People
Who doesn't like to draw? 

Chuck Jones Gallery — San Diego Announces Comic Con Schedule of Events!

Chuck Jones Gallery 

Announcing Artist Appearances and Exhibits for Int’l Comic Con

July 21-24, 2011

Simone Bianchi, Randy Martinez in Person!

Plus

The Art of Ralph Bakshi with

Special Guest, Edward Bakshi

and Pencil, Ink And Story, the Art of Henry Scarpelli

San Diego, CA:  The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the historical center of the city at 232 Fifth Avenue, announced today their schedule of artist appearances and exhibits during International Comic Con, July 21-24. 

  • Marvel and DC Comics Super-Artist Simone Bianchi will be feted with a reception on Thursday, July 21st from 7 to 10 PM.  Bianchi is one of the new breed of Marvel Comic whose work has revolutionized the way the Marvel characters look.  Known for his use of watercolor half-tones and ink washes, Bianchi’s non-traditional comic book drawing style has catapulted him to the heights of the comic book world.  This reception for the artist will feature his most recent work on paper and canvas from both DC Comics and Marvel.  The gallery will be exhibiting two exclusive editions from Bianchi, “The Call of the Knights” and “Batman.”  Bianchi will be dedicating artwork purchased at the exhibit. 

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  • On Friday, July 22nd, the Gallery will host an open house and reception for the Art of Ralph Bakshi, with his son, animation director and producer, Edward, as our special guest, from 7 to 10 PM.  Bakshi, the producer, director, writer and animator of such ground-breaking animated films as “Fritz the Cat”, “Coonskins”, “Wizards”, and “The Lord of the Rings” is regarded by critics and collectors as one of the modern giants of animation.  The exhibition will feature not only original production art from a variety of his films, but also his most recent mixed media constructions, drawings and paintings.  Ralph Bakshi will be signing dedication cards for artwork purchased during the exhibition. 

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  • Star Wars artist Randy Martinez will be honored with an exhibition and reception on Saturday, July 23rd from 6 to 9 PM.  Known for his compelling portrayals of the landmark George Lucas film series, Martinez has also drawn over 10,000 sketch cards for Topps Trading Cards for such brands as, “Lord of the Rings”, “Hero”, “Terminator”, “Marvel Comics” as well as “Star Wars”.  Martinez, along with his co-author, Denise Vasquez, will be premiering his latest book, “Sketch Card Mania” and will offer a demonstration of how-to create your own sketch cards.  Martinez will be dedicating artwork purchased at this event and he and Denise Vasquez will sign their most recent book.

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  • Throughout the four days of Comic Con (July 21-24) the art of Henry Scarpelli will be on view in the gallery.  Scarpelli, best known for his work on the Archie Comic Strips (both as writer and artist), was also the creator of the syndicated one-panel cartoon “TV Tee Hees” and at Dell Publishing the artist behind many of their comic books based on TV shows such as, “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Hogan’s Heroes”.   This exhibit will feature both daily and Sunday Archie comic strips and panels.

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About the gallery:  The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District at 232 Fifth Ave., is the destination for art collectors and visitors from around the world.  Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film.  Included in the on-going display is art from all major animation studios as well as original paintings and limited edition fine art from a variety of internationally known artists and photographers whose work is entertainment related.  For more information please call the gallery at 888-294-9880 or online at www.ChuckJonesGallery.com.  Blog: Chuck Redux.

Simone Bianchi, Randy Martinez and Ralph Bakshi are available for interviews subject to their schedules.  Images available for print and online usage.  Contact Erin Liddell at Erin@ChuckJones.com or 619-294-9880 for more information.

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Explore Your Creativity from the Chuck Jones Side of Your Brain!

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Explore the spirit of legendary animation director Chuck Jones this summer with three very special programs at the world-famous Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California!  Each seminar will meet on a Wednesday in August (3rd, 10th, 17th) from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM at the museum, 2002 N. Main Street (just south of the 5) in Santa Ana.  Tickets for all three seminars are $50.00 for members and $80.00 for non-members.  Individual sessions are $20.00 members and $30.00 non-members.  

The first seminar, "Embracing the Line, Facing the Lion", will be led by Marian Jones, a gifted photographer, artist, and writer.   As the late Chuck Jones' beloved wife and creative co-conspirator, Marian will share insights into Chuck's imagination–and help you explore and learn to trust your own unique creativity!

According to Chuck Jones, "failure as success" is just one of several great contradictions of creative endeavors. In this seminar, learn the "grammar" of drawing – learn to control the line, not the other way around! Session includes viewing of short cartoons and clips from Chuck Jones interviews, as well as a lively discussion of what "success" really means.

This session will include a presentation of several of Chuck Jones's cartoons plus a hands-on art project for participants.  

The second seminar, "Bringing Life to the Characters: Its the Oddities that Count!", presented by Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter and sole focus of Chuck's fatherly affection.  She is an innovative and skilled entrepreneur and producer who has found success both on her own and working with her late father (look her up on IMDB and be dazzled.) 

Whether you draw, write, or tell stories, what allows you to bring what you imagine to life?  What makes cartoon characters so believable?  This seminar uses Chuck Jones films and sketches to demonstrate the astonishing things that can be done with seemingly lifeless, inanimate objects. Each participant in this seminar will draw, describe, or create an original character–and find genuine inspiration along the way.

For the third and final session, "The Pencil, the Computer, Children and Creativity" you'll join Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones, Chairman of the Board of Trustees (and a founding member) of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as he shares his own personal perspective on the life of the imagination.

Whether we work with the oldest or the newest tools, the human touch is an absolutely essential component of creativity. This seminar highlights the Chuck Jones brand of character study:  how to harness the most subtle details of human and animal movement to bring your creations to life. Everyone participating in this highly interactive seminar will discuss which tools to use, and why, and will leave with tips on fostering children's (and adults') natural enthusiasm for creating art.   It will also include an art project for participants.  

But wait! To wrap up this series of imaginative and fun programs (in a bright shiny bow) will be a Chuck Jones Film Festival hosted by Craig Kausen on Sunday, July 28th, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  Starring all of your favorite cartoon characters, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, it will be a not-to-be-missed event at the Bowers!  

For more information, please email education@bowers.org , call 714.567.3677, or visit the Bowers website. 

 

 

Explore Your Creativity from the Chuck Jones Side of Your Brain!

Bugs at drawing table cjcc

Explore the spirit of legendary animation director Chuck Jones this summer with three very special programs at the world-famous Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California!  Each seminar will meet on a Wednesday in August (3rd, 10th, 17th) from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM at the museum, 2002 N. Main Street (just south of the 5) in Santa Ana.  Tickets for all three seminars are $50.00 for members and $80.00 for non-members.  Individual sessions are $20.00 members and $30.00 non-members.  

The first seminar, "Embracing the Line, Facing the Lion", will be led by Marian Jones, a gifted photographer, artist, and writer.   As the late Chuck Jones' beloved wife and creative co-conspirator, Marian will share insights into Chuck's imagination–and help you explore and learn to trust your own unique creativity!

According to Chuck Jones, "failure as success" is just one of several great contradictions of creative endeavors. In this seminar, learn the "grammar" of drawing – learn to control the line, not the other way around! Session includes viewing of short cartoons and clips from Chuck Jones interviews, as well as a lively discussion of what "success" really means.

This session will include a presentation of several of Chuck Jones's cartoons plus a hands-on art project for participants.  

The second seminar, "Bringing Life to the Characters: Its the Oddities that Count!", presented by Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter and sole focus of Chuck's fatherly affection.  She is an innovative and skilled entrepreneur and producer who has found success both on her own and working with her late father (look her up on IMDB and be dazzled.) 

Whether you draw, write, or tell stories, what allows you to bring what you imagine to life?  What makes cartoon characters so believable?  This seminar uses Chuck Jones films and sketches to demonstrate the astonishing things that can be done with seemingly lifeless, inanimate objects. Each participant in this seminar will draw, describe, or create an original character–and find genuine inspiration along the way.

For the third and final session, "The Pencil, the Computer, Children and Creativity" you'll join Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones, Chairman of the Board of Trustees (and a founding member) of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as he shares his own personal perspective on the life of the imagination.

Whether we work with the oldest or the newest tools, the human touch is an absolutely essential component of creativity. This seminar highlights the Chuck Jones brand of character study:  how to harness the most subtle details of human and animal movement to bring your creations to life. Everyone participating in this highly interactive seminar will discuss which tools to use, and why, and will leave with tips on fostering children's (and adults') natural enthusiasm for creating art.   It will also include an art project for participants.  

But wait! To wrap up this series of imaginative and fun programs (in a bright shiny bow) will be a Chuck Jones Film Festival hosted by Craig Kausen on Sunday, July 28th, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  Starring all of your favorite cartoon characters, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, it will be a not-to-be-missed event at the Bowers!  

For more information, please email education@bowers.org , call 714.567.3677, or visit the Bowers website. 

 

Chuck Jones’s Favorite Pencil Is Back!

BLACKWING 602
A few of the Blackwing 602 pencils used by Chuck Jones.

Did you even know it was gone?  Maybe, maybe not, but the truth of the matter is that not only was the Blackwing 602 Jones's favorite pencil but it was also the favored writing tool of author John Steinbeck and musical theater genius, Stephen Sondheim.  Anyway, there's a wonderfully informative article about the fortunes (and misfortunes) of this very popular pencil in the current CNNMoney online news source.  

The brouhaha over Blackwing pencils – May. 19, 2011.

Here's a photo of Chuck Jones's hands with a Blackwing 602.

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Creativity, Craig Kausen & Cookies at the Bowers Museum

As the series, "Exploring from the Chuck Jones Side of Your Brain," continues, join Chuck's grandson, Craig, for an inspiring and interactive discussion on "The Pencil, the Computer, Children, and Creativity."  In addition to volunteering his time as Chairman (and a founding member) of the Chuck Jones Center's Board of Trustees, Craig guides classes on creativity through art for young people and shares his own personal perspective on the life of the imagination with people of all ages.  Craig also runs Linda Jones Enterprises, the thriving art business originally founded by his mother, Linda Jones Clough, in the 1970's.  

YesNo Chuck Jones-card copyWhether we work with the oldest or the newest tools, the human touch is an absolutely essential component of creativity. This seminar highlights the Chuck Jones brand of character study:  how to harness the most subtle details of human and animal movement to bring your creations to life. Everyone participating in this highly interactive seminar will discuss which tools to use, and why, and will leave with tips on fostering children's (and adults') natural enthusiasm for creating art.

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA

One session: Bowers members $20 / Non-members $30    

For more information, please email education@bowers.org, call 714.567.3677, or visit the Bowers website. 

P.S.  Did I forget to mention that cookies will be served?  Well, they will be!  Look for an assortment of this year's Girl Scout Cookies before, during and after the presentation.  

Image of the Day: The Hands of Chuck Jones

Artists' hands are a tool as much as the pencil, brush, or mouse are and they reveal much about the artist's personality and character just in the way they hold their instrument, or touch the paper, even in a still image such as this one of Chuck Jones at his drawing table in his home studio. 

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When you see Chuck Jones' hands, the left holding the paper in place, the right with his favored pencil (the Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602, no longer in production) it's easy to imagine that you hear the gentle scratch of lead on paper, and witness the brisk, sure movement of his hand delineating the character of Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny as surely as someone who completely understands their motivations, personality tics and eccentricities as he does his own.