With recent announcements in states nationwide that schools will be closed for the remainder of the academic year cartoonist and educator, Joe Wos has expanded his free daily online cartooning course and other offerings. He has also committed to continue to offer free daily classes through the end of June.
With the closures many parents and schools are struggling with how to provide fun educational opportunities for their kids at home. While some schools are offering remote learning, arts classes are harder to come by. Internationally syndicated cartoonist Joe Wos of MazeToons fame is taking matters into his own hands to help! Launched on March 16th, Joe is now expanding his popular live cartooning class to five days a week with a special story time on Saturdays.
The live classes will take place on YouTube channel HowToToon at 1pm eastern Monday through Friday, with story time at 1pm Eastern on Saturday. Students of all ages can access the channel by visiting www.Howtotoon.com
His website, MazeToons.com also offers over 100 pages worth of free coloring sheets, and over 1000 printable mazes to solve.
Joe has been teaching cartooning for over three decades! He currently teaches a daily cartooning class at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA and has also been the visiting resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa California for the past 18 years. Joe has been a staple of comic cons, school assemblies and library programs for the past thirty years touring worldwide.
“Teaching cartooning has been my life-long mission,” Said Joe from his home-based studio in Oakmont, PA. “I realized with so many kids stuck at home they would be missing out on much needed art classes and this was a great opportunity to share my love of the cartoon arts.”
Each session lasts between 20-30 minutes and are geared toward all ages. Using easy to follow instruction Joe will cover the art of visual storytelling. From basic line work to creating characters, students will be amazed at their own abilities.
Students can even email Joe with special requests for lessons on how to draw their favorite animals and more.
The class is free and open to all ages. No signup is necessary.
Joe Wos has been a professional cartoonist since the age of 14. His career path over the past 30 years has taken as many twists and turns as one of his mazes, as he finds new and innovative ways to pursue his passion for the cartoon arts.
Some highlights include spending 30 years touring nationwide as a performer, illustrating stories live as he told them; founding and running a cartoon art museum in Pittsburgh; illustrating symphony performances live with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and exhibiting his art in museums worldwide. Joe has also been the visiting resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum for the past 18 years.
With MazeToons — a unique hybrid illustration that is part cartoon and part puzzle — Joe has fulfilled a lifelong dream to appear in the funny pages. His feature appears in newspapers worldwide.
Joe has been drawing mazes since the age of 7 and is regarded as a master maze maker. In 2012, he created the world’s largest hand-drawn maze. Measuring at 140 square feet, it features more than 100 illustrations. The maze garnered international attention with articles in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and media coverage throughout Europe. One of his mural-sized mazes is on permanent display at StarKist’s international headquarters.
With great delight, he has heard every variation of the phrase “A-maze-ing.”