Cartoon Art Museum Announces New Fall Adult Classes

October 13, 20, & 27, 2016
November 3, 10, & 17, 2016
$135 for Non-members
$100 for Members
Veteran Cartoon Art Museum instructor Brian Kolm will be teaching brand-new workshops for adult students, meeting weekly for three weeks. Character Creation for Adults will be held Thursdays, October 13th, 20th and 27th and Visual Story Design for Adults on Thursdays, November 3rd, 10th, and 17th in San Francisco at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, 275 5th Street, in the Cartoon Art Museum’s temporary educational space. Taking both workshops will help adults build a more advanced skill set by combining concepts learn in both, but each class is designed to be taken independently.

Brian Kolm has taught with the Cartoon Art Museum for over a decade, helping pioneer the Cartooning Boot Camp and Parent + Child classes among other programming. These three-week workshops for older teens, adults and seniors promise to be a unique and fun educational experience in the art of being creative.

Release the floodgates of narrative and creativity that exist within you. Learn design, storytelling, and the secret satisfaction that comes from being a creator. Brian Kolm teaches you how to pull out your inner imagination, put it down on paper and refine it into a work of cartoon art. You can see his talent in action at

Character Creation for Adults
Dates: Thursday October 13, 20, 27 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: 18 and up
Cost: $135 for Non-members , $100 for Members
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Enter the world of character design with artist Brian Kolm as you create your own unique character. This weekly three-session workshop walks you though the design process, from developing rough concepts to researching and refining your character’s appearance and personality to a final color illustration. In-class supplies are provided. Some minimal art tools may be needed for homework.

Visual Story Design for Adults
Dates: Thursday November 3, 10, 17 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: 18 and up
Cost: $135 for Non-members , $100 for Members
Sign up:
Venture into the world of visualizing stories with artist Brian Kolm. In this workshop, you will develop a basic story idea including setting and character design, layout, mood, and communication, building towards the creation of three complete story illustrations.In-class supplies are provided. Some minimal art tools may be needed for homework.

About Educational Programing at the Cartoon Art Museum: The Cartoon Art Museum offers a wide variety of programs and classes in cartooning, illustration, and animation. Our education program includes Classes, Workshops, Classroom Outreach, After-School Programs, Camps, and Internships. To learn more visit:

The Legend of Korra Cast LIVE!

With Janet Varney, John Michael Higgins, Mindy Sterling, Dante Basco and Dan Parsons
A Cartoon Art Museum Benefit presented by Friends For Benefits
Saturday, November 19, 2016
7-9pm at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Tickets $28-38

San Francisco, CA: Calling all benders! Go behind the scenes of the beloved Nickelodeon series The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender with special guests voice actors Janet Varney (Korra), John Michael Higgins (Varrick), Mindy Sterling (Lin Beifong), Dante Basco (Zuko) and Avatar: Legacy illustrator Dan Parsons. Cosplay highly encouraged! All ages welcome.

General admission to this event is $28. Premium tickets, available for $38, include a post-event signing with the panelists. Tickets can be ordered through the Friends For Benefits website:

Featured guests include:

Janet Varney (voice of Korra) is a comedian, actor, writer and producer known for her roles as Becca on FX’s You’re the Worst and as the host of TBS’s Dinner and a Movie. She is also known in San Francisco as the co-founder of the annual comedy festival SF Sketchfest.

John Michael Higgins (voice of Varrick) is an actor and voice actor whose credits include Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries, Pitch Perfect, Yes Man, Bad Teacher, and many other films and television shows.

Mindy Sterling (voice of Lin Beifong) is known for her role as Frau Farbissina in the Austin Powers films as well as roles in Con Man, Legit, Chowder, iCarly and Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm.

Dante Basco (voice of Zuko and General Iroh) is known for his role as Rufio in the 1991 film Hook. He was also the voice of Jake Long in the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long.

Dan Parsons (illustrator of Avatar: Legacy) is an illustrator and comic book artist who is best known for his work on Star Wars comics and Game of Thrones.

Andrew Farago (moderator) is the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum and the author of many books on cartooning including the Harvey Award-winning Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History.