Cartooning Classes for Schools & Libraries

I'm Mark Anderson, and I have the best job in the world - I’m a cartoonist.

And while drawing funny pictures and writing jokes is fun, my favorite part of the job is getting to look at the world not necessarily as it is, but as it might be.

For example: What would a raccoon order at a restaurant? What might a pirate say to his therapist? And what if someone on trial brought their sousaphone along? (All actual cartoons I’ve done.)

In my cartooning classes, students will learn to see things differently too and explore:

  • Problem solving
  • Design thinking
  • Individuality
  • Curiosity

I’d love to come to your school or library and share not only a lot of fun, but also the benefits of seeing things differently.

  • Alphabet Animals

    In this high-energy draw-along program, students will learn to draw 26 adorable cartoon animals using only the alphabet and simple shapes.

    • Length: 60 Minutes
    • Grades: K-3
  • If You Drew the Zoo

    Students play a series of fun drawing games and invent their own silly animals. And at then end they get to share their funny favorites on the big screen in a wacky zoo!

    • Length: 60 Minutes
    • Grades: K-3
  • Myth, Magic & Monsters

    Kids will learn to draw all sorts of mythological, fantasy, and fairy tale characters, and then draw in their own stories!

    Will the ogre and unicorn fight? Have a dance party? Meet at a small cafe and discuss the events of the day over coffee and scones?! Whatever happens, students will have a great time!

    • Length: 60 Minutes
    • Grades: K-8
  • Legend of the Lost Toon

    Kids will learn to flex their cartoon creativity and draw their own:

    • Mysterious Mummies
    • Dangerous Dinosaurs
    • Terrific Treasures

    Then watch as their creations are “dug up” live on the big screen!

    • Length: 60 Minutes
    • Grades: K-8
  • Dinosaurs vs. Robots

    First, kids draw dangerous dinosaurs on one side of the page and then radical robots on the other. What happens next? Do they fight or have a picnic? Shoot lasers or share ice cream? Either way, students love this fun draw-along.

    • Length: 60 Minutes
    • Grades: K-8

    Holy cartooning class! Learn to draw awesome superheroes and terrible villains and then decide what happens next!

    Will Beltman use his scowl of justice? Will Ms. Quito bite him?! Will they decide to put their squabbles aside and play Monopoly?! (Get out of jail free indeed!) Stay tuned!

    • Length: 60 Minutes
    • Grades: K-8
  • Sharks vs. Trucks

    Over the past few years of teaching cartooning I’ve asked kids what else they’d like to draw. And by far the two most popular answers are sharks and trucks.

    So here it is! Sharks on one side, trucks on the other! What happens next? Honestly, I have no idea. But you know it's going to be super fun!

    • Length: 60 Minutes
    • Grades: K-8
  • Cartooon Crash-Up

    In this super fun STEAM class, all students will:

    • Investigate and choose their characters
    • Discover how to draw them with step-by-step instructions
    • Imagine fun ways they might interact
    • Create final art pieces and reflect on them
    • Length: 60 Minutes
    • Grades: K-6
  • Creative Cartooning

    In this fun, hands-on program, participants will learn how to:

    • Draw expressive cartoon faces
    • Sketch bodies in motion
    • Write jokes for cartoons
    • Use symbols to express ideas
    • Length: 60 Minutes
    • Grades: 4-6
  • Cartoon Monsters

    A total creative bonanza! Students will draw tons of crazy, unbelievable monsters. Weird blobby monsters! Scary pointy monsters! Funny hat-wearing monsters! And at the end, kids get to see their monsters come alive on the big screen and sneak up on poor unsuspecting Fuzzy Bunny!

    Not just for Halloween!

    • Length: 60 Minutes
    • Grades: 4-6
  • Advanced Cartooning

    Aimed at tweens and teens, this in-depth class will teach students to:

    • Brainstorm ideas
    • Write and edit original captions
    • Layout and sketch concepts
    • Ink and shade their own cartoons
    • Length: 60 Minutes
    • Grades: 7-12
  • Cartoon Confidential

    Learn about the life of a professional cartoonist. Draw along or just listen as Anderson exposes:

    • His mysterious path to a cartoon career
    • The undisclosed process of writing captions
    • Classified information on drawing
    • Tons of hilarious cartoons
    • Length: 60 Minutes
    • Grades: Adult


  • The participants had a great time and learned a lot from Mark, but equally important was Mark’s ability to handle the kids. Not everyone who presents a program knows how to manage kids.

    Deidre Winterhalter

    Niles Public Library

  • Every student was engaged in the experience. They were so impressed with their drawings! Mr. Anderson taught them to draw each character step by step. I would recommend this to any school, club, or program!

    Karen Coffinbargar

    Fullerton Elementary School

  • It was wonderful to see the kids who usually are reluctant to make their presence known become engaged, and even enthusiastic without realizing it. They were having fun, connecting with the activity and the group, and learning about cartooning all the while.

    Jean Jansen

    Villa Park Public Library

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