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ARToon!Welcome to ARToon 2.0! This is the second year ARToon, an original Claremont Museum of Art after-school arts education project, takes the art of cartooning to the “’tween” age group at Claremont’s El Roble Intermediate School. As classes progress, the 40 students will develop signature characters and storylines around which they’ll create an original graphic novel or comic book concept.

Comic book artist Javier Hernandez shares his cartooning talent with ARToon students at El Roble Intermediate School on January 14, 2014.

Comic book artist Javier Hernandez shares his cartooning talent with ARToon students at El Roble Intermediate School on January 14, 2014.

The ARToonistas once again are working under the tutelage of El Roble’s art teacher, Wendy Kubiak. Joining the ARToon program full time this year is L.A. professional cartoonist and comic book artist Javier Hernandez, who is sharing his cartooning talent, tips, and insights into the creation of signature comic book characters.

In addition, graphic novelist Jules Rivera visited the ARToon classroom on January 21 to help students develop their graphic novel style and inking marker technique.

Each ARToonista will create an original large format page from his or her comic book or graphic novel concept. Finished student cartoons once again will be exhibited on the Art Wall located at the east end of The Packing House in the West Village and will be unveiled with a public artist reception at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21.

ARToon is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art in partnership with El Roble Intermediate School and is funded by a generous donation from a CMA member.

Lori Evans Lama

Lori Evans Lama

As the director of arts education for the Claremont Museum of Art (2007-2009), Lori Evans Lama created the ArtX art competition for high school students and the aRtPM graffiti art project for middle school students along with a comprehensive menu of public gallery programs.

Prior to her work with CMA, Lori was a senior programming staff member at PBS and later a Vice President/Broadcast executive for an international media company. Lori is also an award-winning writer, director and producer.

The 2014 El Roble ARToon class. Photo by Jenny McGourty-Riggs

The 2014 El Roble ARToon class. Photo by Jenny McGourty-Riggs

Related Links:

March 10, 2014 – ARToon Goes Public at The Packing House
January 25, 2013 – ARToon kicks off with cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz visit to El Roble

ARToon Photos
ARToon in Action, Spring 2014
Cartoon Galley, Spring 2013
ARToon in Action, Spring 2013