Author: Chuck Jones

“Coyote Coffee” and “Don’t Be Latte!”, fine art prints on paper by Mike Peraza.

“He Beeps” and “He Leaps”, original ink on paper by Eric Goldberg.

Pre-production thumbnail background layouts by Maurice Noble for “Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24 ½ Century,” 1980.

In celebration of the graphic memoir Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Raz Chast, OC Public Libraries is happy to present a cartoon drawing program for beginners presented by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity! This event will take place at several libraries over the next few weeks starting at the Donald Dungan Library in Costa Mesa, on Monday Nov. 18th 5pm to 6:30pm!

Join our teaching artists at your local library for a big read of the featured literature, followed by a class in creating your own cartoon! We hope to see you there!

Watercolor by Chuck Jones, 14″ x 11″ on Arches paper, circa late 1990s.

“Fortunately for me I had a father who devoured an enormous quantity of books. so I read everything that fell into my hands: Aesop, Balzac, La Fontaine, Peter Rabbit, Mark Twain, Dickens, the dictionary, O. Henry, anything. But even authors like Jean-Paul Sartre inspire me in a sort of reverse action with lots of ideas. “No Exit” (that will surprise you) is for me a mine of gags, since it symbolizes the frustration of the human condition. And as for James Joyce, whom I cannot read without a Gaelic dictionary-and a Greek dictionary, a Bible, a book of liturgical vestments and an almanac–well, anyone who has a Gaelic dictionary knows it is one of the humorous masterpieces of the world. so the peripheral advantages of research are manifest.”

–Chuck Jones, in “Stroke of Genius–A Collection of Paintings and Musings on Life, Love and Art by Chuck Jones”

“Connecticut, here we come!” exclaims Tucker the Mouse. Original layout drawing for the 1973 Christmas animated television special, “A Very Merry Cricket”, directed by Chuck Jones with teleplay by George Selden and Jones.

Bottom: Connecticut cat, character model drawing by Chuck Jones for “A Very Merry Cricket.” Please note mouse tail dangling from cat’s lips.

“See Maurice on garland colors”

Original production layout by Chuck Jones, graphite and colored pencil on animation paper, 10.5″ x 16″, for his 1957 masterpiece, “What’s Opera, Doc?”

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is thrilled to be offering several creative classes at the Mission Viejo Potocki Center for the Arts! If you live in the Mission Viejo area and have been looking for a way to get more involved with the arts, here is your chance! The Potocki Center for the Arts will be featuring several holiday classes for all ages.

During the month of December, the Potocki Center will feature several Lil Elves Gift Making Workshops for kids ages 5 to 12! Join us for…
Birds of a Feather Clay Ornament Making – Dec. 5th, 4-5:30pm
Good Things Come in Small Packages Mini Canvas Painting – Dec. 12th, 4-5:30pm
Grinch Pop Art Painting – Dec. 18th, 4-5:30pm

During the month of January, pop in for a multi-week painting program for kids 5-12! Join us for Paint Like the Pros 8 week program – ages 5-12, every Wednesday Jan. 8th-Feb. 26th, from 4:30-6pm.

That’s not all folks! The Potocki Center will also be hosting a one night Pop Art Paint Night workshop for adults! Join us on Jan. 24th from 6:30-8:30pm for an entertaining night of painting one of Chuck’s beloved characters step-by-step. Our teaching artist will guide you through the process, no experience necessary! Plus, the Friends of the Potocki Center will have a selection of wines available for purchase by the glass! It’s sure to be a blast. This workshop is 21+ only.

Check out all the course offerings & register here!

We hope to see you there!

If you’re not local to Mission Viejo, you can check out our Lil Elves Workshops here at the Chuck Jones Center! Check it out and register here!

Model sheet for the Chuck Jones-directed, “Kiss Me Cat”, 1953.

November 16th from 10 am to noon at the Center learn to draw the White Seal!

Saturday Morning Cartoons & Drawing is a place to bring the family and be inspired to create. There will be tables with drawing materials for all members of the family of any artistic level to participate. Draw alongside Chuck Jones Center for Creativity teaching artist, Naylene Justis, and our professional volunteers.

We have Looney Tunes cartoons on the big screen and lots of art acitivies to choose from!

A $5 registration fee is required to ensure your spot as space is limited. Thank you from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a California 501©3 non-profit public charity.

We look forward to having you at the studio. That’s All Folks!