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A Cartoon Class Just For You

Cartoon classes for ages 9 to 18
Three skill levels.

Toons 1
Toons 2

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School Year Cartoon Art Program

Our Cartooning Program

Classes meet once a week for an hour and a half. Supplies are needed.

Toons 1

9 – 12

Age Group

Toons 2

11 – 14

Age Group


13 – 18

Age Group

COST: $1227/yr ($129 monthly installments)

SUPPLIES: Around $115 including a case

Cartooning classes are taught by our founder, Dennas Davis. Mr. Dennas has illustrated 23 children’s books with over 5 million in print worldwide, and worked for Disney, Nabisco, Betty Crocker, and more, doing mainly cartoon illustration.

Toons is for beginners, and also for students who have been working on their cartoons, stories and even their style, for some time. The class of first-year cartoonists covers the basics. Students learn how to develop characters, create strong images, backgrounds, draw from reference material, and create good speak-bubbles. Modeling clay is used for character development with 3D visualization. Several fun projects, like a movie poster or TV show title-screen, help students apply their skills. At the end of the year, they will create a short comic book. Please call for availability, since this class fills to capacity earlier than most.

Toons 2 is for older first-year students and advancing 2nd year students. The projects and instructions are similar to Toons 1.

Advanced Toons continues the same theme of developing characters and working towards a personal cartoon style. The projects are more challenging, and we do some projects as a team, just like professional cartoonists do. We’ll work on heads, hands, arms & legs, as well as body stance and action poses. The regular Toons class must be taken previously, or a portfolio can be submitted to bypass that course if the artist has already develped their work and is in high school. It is also good to have taken Foundations for two years, but is not required.

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student work

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Cartoon Student Artwork

What folks say about us

Ann, adult student

The art class is the high point of my week. The teachers are great at helping us each at our level of experience. We have lots of fun, and try all different types of projects. It is a very encouraging atmosphere

Parent of 6 year old

“Art class is the highlight of his week!”

Hannah, Parent

“They both said they loved all the activities and couldn’t point out a favorite.  We most definitely will take part next summer and can recommend it to others wholeheartedly. Thanks for everything.”

Parent of 12 year old

“When I pick her up from class, she asks me if she can have art class every day after school!

Shea, Parent and student

I realized not only that she was being taught the same things I learned in art school, but that she was getting it – at only age 9. Your ability to translate it into fun for kids is wonderful.”

Allyson, Parent of 9 year old

We feel so blessed to have discovered first light.  She enjoys class so much”

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