WQED Education expands its offerings to students, parents and teachers with a second season of an innovative and fun project – cartooning. This educational video series was created in collaboration with WQED Education and WQED Production to support the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s “Learning Neighborhoods” initiative.
Cartoon Academy is made possible through the support of Central Catholic High School, The National Cartoonist Society Foundation, and Mark Kistler’s Imagination Initiative.
Renowned Pittsburgh cartoonist Joe Wos takes students of all ages (and the young at-heart) through the creative steps of drawing cartoon characters, while sharing educational facts on the cartoon subjects. He’ll also teach a few artistic terms during each online lesson.
The videos will be released digitally throughout November and December on WQED’s YouTube channel and at www.wqed.org/cartoonacademy, with a television broadcast marathon on January 2, 2022 that includes the entire first and second season of episodes.
The six-to-nine-minute videos are produced in chapter clusters of three, by topic, with episode one in the chapter being the most elementary, and the second and third being slightly more advanced. Each of the videos have lesson plans, extension activities and coloring sheets to accompany them.
SEASON 2 (New Episodes)
Dog Gone Cute
Learn to draw an adorable dog using letters, numbers, and simple shapes. Joe will also share tips on using props to set a scene.
Digital Premiere: Monday, November 22, 2021
A Very Fancy Hamster
In this episode we draw a hamster all dressed up in his top hat and tails. Students will see how costume can help transform a character.
Digital Premiere: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Our fishy friend looks a little worried when we draw a cat to keep him company! Students will also learn about the relationship between predator and prey.
Digital Premiere: Wednesday, November 24, 2021
That’s Snow Business!
Joe walks viewers through a winterwonderland and the steps to creating a cartoon snowman. Students get more advice on bringing characters to life through costume.
Digital Premiere: Monday, December 27, 2021
Grab your paper and pen and float on down to the South Pole where we will draw an ice-skating penguin. You'll also get a lesson in the concepts of shape and form.
Digital Premiere: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Seal of Approval
Meet two North Pole pals: A Narwhal and his best friend Seal! Students will also learn about character relationships.
Digital Premiere: Wednesday, December 29, 2021
CARTOON ACADEMY MARATHON ON WQED-TV
SEASONS 1 & 2
Sunday, January 2, 2022
Noon – 12:30pm
Episode 101: A Kangaroo and a Joey, Too
Episode 102: Koala and a Kooky Kookaburra
Episode 103: Platypus and Crocodile
12:30pm – 1pm
Episode 104: Playful Pig and Delightful Duck
Episode 105: Rooster on the Roof
Episode 106: Cow
1pm – 1:30pm
Episode 201: Dog Gone Cute
Episode 202: A Very Fancy Hamster
Episode 203: Something Fishy
1:30pm – 2pm
Episode 204: That’s Snow Business!
Episode 205: Playful Penguin
Episode 206: Seal of Approval
About Joe Wos
Joe Wos is an award-winning, internationally syndicated cartoonist. He has been working professionally as a cartoonist since the age of 14 and teaching cartooning for more than 30 years. Mr. Wos has performed with symphony orchestras, established a world record, and performed live at over 1,000 venues worldwide, including visits as the guest cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum for nearly 20 years.
WQED was an experiment in educational community-supported television that was the forerunner to PBS. Today, WQED is a multimedia powerhouse that is as much a part of Pittsburgh as the three rivers. WQED is WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; WQED PBS KIDS Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and WQED Education (www.wqed.org/edu).