Through WQED Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s “Learning at Home” initiative, Wos will teach six courses that guide students through the creative steps of drawing cartoon characters.
“I hope that kids will just enjoy the joy of creating," says Wos. "There is a reason they are called magic markers, and for me it’s because the ability to create a cartoon character is pure magic."
Wos began working professionally as a cartoonist when he was 14 years old, and he’s been drawing mazes since he was 7. The award-winning, internationally syndicated cartoonist has been teaching cartooning for more than 30 years, including a self-produced "How to Toon" class early in the pandemic. Now, his WQED classes through Cartoon Academy will start at an elementary level and build to more advanced techniques and concepts such as creating texture and facial expressions.
While some adults may think of the classes or cartoons as childish, Wos encourages people of all ages to try their hand at the art form.
“Too often I hear, ‘I used to draw when I [was a] kid but haven’t drawn since,’” Wos says. “The pencil and paper are always there, just waiting for you to pick them up and start drawing again.”
The classes will be released on WQED’s YouTube channel and at
“While I am looking forward to the series airing, I’ve already drawn the pictures so my work is done,” Wos says. “What I am looking forward to is all the wonderful work that will be created by my virtual students, kids and adults alike. I can’t wait to see what they draw!”