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Cartooning with Joe Wos

It is always a good time when Joe Wos comes to the Museum (which he does twice a year when he is “in the neighborhood”). This time Joe suggested to Jessica Ruskin, our Education Director, that he try something new for his visit that had worked at the Toonseum in Pittsburgh. So Friday night we had a cartooning class paired with beer and wine tasting from two local companies. We had beer from the Lagunitas Brewing Companyand wine from Balletto Vineyards & Winery.

I was headed to the event when I realized with horror that I might actually have to draw something. I don’t even draw stick figures. When I walked into the class and saw some friendly faces, I decided that this may be just the sort of situation that could get me out of my drawing comfort zone. I was absolutely correct, I have no talent, but I tried. And more important, I had fun!

Image of drawing from Wine & Cartooning

Image of drawing from Wine & Cartooning

Several exercises were done in pairs—the first one had one person draw a “squiggly” line and their partner made something out of it. Then we did an exercise incorporating letters. I do not remember what it was supposed to be, but mine looked like a cross eyed rabbit.

Image of drawing from Wine & Cartooning

Another exercise was to follow directions and draw an owl.

Image of drawing from Wine & Cartooning

Others captured the owl quite well.

Image of drawing from Wine & Cartooning

Others captured the owl quite well.

Image of drawing from Wine & Cartooning

The last exercise was in pairs again. Each person was to have an idea in mind and to “pull” the art in one direction. When time was up, the picture was passed back to the partner, who finished the piece. One of the most impressive pieces I noticed was this one. Believe it or not, each one of them was drawing something different. It was a very imaginative way to have people lose their self-consciousness and have fun. And I learned a lot from it.

—Jean Schulz

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