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The Cartoon Art Museum offers a wide variety of programs and classes in cartooning, illustration, and animation. Our education program includes School Group Tours and Field Trips, Classes, Classroom Outreach, After-School Programs at your school and at the museum, Camps, and Internships.

To schedule a class, please contact  Nina Taylor Kester at education@cartoonart.org. We can come to you or provide classes at our educational space in SOMA.

The museum gallery has closed and is no longer pre-scheduling field trips or group visits at this time. Please follow us on Facebook for updates about when we will reopen at our next location.

Classes Arranged by Appointment

Classroom/Library Outreach Bring a cartoon artist into your classroom! The Cartoon Art Museum can arrange for a cartooning instructor to lead a workshop at your school or library. The students will do a creative activity and learn about the cartooning industry. Contact us for rates. Please email: education@cartoonart.org to book a course.

After-School Programs Organizations in San Francisco can fold cartooning classes into their curriculum. The Cartoon Art Museum partners with schools and organizations to bring a teacher to their location to lead an ongoing series of workshops for students interested in cartooning, illustration, and comic book creation. Contact us to discuss fees and scheduling. Please email: education@cartoonart.org to inquire.

Private Lessons  Our instructors specialize in cartooning, illustration, animation, character design, and comic book creation. Lessons are scheduled in two-hour blocks and cost $125 per session ($62.50 per hour). An addition commute expense of $50 is also required and goes directly to instructors. Students of all ages are accommodated. Contact us to schedule. To book a lesson please email education@cartoonart.org

Create-a-Class (available at our SOMA educational space and your public or business location)  Private, small group lessons are available for a fee of $125 for up to 4 students and $200 for 5 to 20 students. An addition commute expense of $50 is also required and goes directly to instructors. Classes take place  at your public or business location until further notice and are two hours long and may focus on a topic of your choice. Please book your session two or more weeks ahead of your desired date. To book a class please email: education@cartoonart.org

Birthday Parties (Unavailable at this time) Birthday parties include a tour of the museum and a cartooning class.

Public Educational Programs

Saturday Cartooning Classes teach the fundamentals of cartooning — character design, the language of comics, and storytelling — through the use of various techniques and exercises in the media of comic books, comic strips, and animation. Classes are offered once a month on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3pm. They are recommended for cartoonists from the ages of 8 to 14. Reservations are recommended as the class is filled on a first-come/first-served basis. Class size is limited to approximately 20 students per session. Check our Calendar for upcoming sessions. To register for a Saturday Cartooning Class please email education@cartoonart.org and include the student’s first and last name in your email and a contact number for their parent/guardian during the class.

Weekend Workshops focus on special topics and are taught by various cartoonists from around the San Francisco Bay Area. These include “How to Draw with Your Kid, How to Draw with Your Grownup” (by Betsy Streeter), Beginning/Intermediate Adult Classes, and other special topics. Saturday workshops vary in price and age range. Check our Calendar for upcoming workshops.

Advanced Master Classes provide rare opportunities to learn from professional cartoonists and animators who focus on an area of their own expertise. Topics range from character creation and story development to writing and drawing comic books and strips. These ongoing workshops for aspiring comic artists, writers, and fans of all ages are scheduled year-round at the museum [see schedule]. Costs vary. Check our Calendar for upcoming sessions.

Special Events for schools, after-school programs, and families, such as our Family Fun Day at Pixar Animation Studios, are announced as we schedule them. Don’t miss out! Sign up for our semi-monthly e-newsletter.

Tours and Field Trips

Tours and fieldtrips are unavailable at this time.

To schedule a Docent Tour or Self-Guided Visits, contact our offices at 415-227-8666 ext.303 or education@cartoonart.org.


Self-Guided Visits (unavailable) Groups that schedule a visit to the museum in advance receive a 50% discount on admission. See booking details and gallery rules.

Docent-Led Tours (unavailable)Docent-led tours are guided group tours through our galleries. They illustrate the evolution of cartoon art from turn-of-the-century newspaper strips to present-day comics and animation. See booking details and gallery rules.

School Group Workshops (AVAILABLE without gallery visit) School group workshops are similar to private classes and allow students to learn about comics, cartooning, and animation in our galleries and then reinforce their learning experience with a hands-on activity at the museum. Instructors will be scheduled for interested parties along with a tour of the museum.

Long-Term Programs

Talking Points, an after-school program sponsored by the San Francisco Foundation, introduces high-school-aged youth to the principles of animation, cartooning, multimedia software, sound recording, and video production while producing animated and live-action video spots.  Placement priority is given to low-income students.  Some graduates move on to internships after completing at least 1 year of the program.

The Comic Book Project, based on a highly successful model initiated in New York City by Dr. Michael Bitz, is a hands on art program targeted at low-income students (Elementary and Middle School) where students learn to improve their literary skills through story writing, and to develop artistic skills through drawing, while also developing social skills and community engagement.   It allows students to express themselves through visual story telling and illustration, teaching them how to work as a team and how to express themselves through art and writing, providing them with tools for dealing with issues in a positive way.

Internships help the museum present an ambitious program of exhibitions, activities, and classes to the community and help create materials and services that would not otherwise exist. Interns also gain valuable experience in working with a prominent cultural institution and a chance to develop relationships with industry professionals. Learn More

Cartoon Boot Camp covers topics such as character creation, comic design and layout, and flipbook animation. It meets two hours daily for a week at a time in the summer months and during holidays. Designed for students ages 8 to 14. Learn More