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SVA is an art and design school in New York City offering illustration and cartooning courses through its continuing education program. From illustration and cartooning basics to advanced techniques and strategies for the marketplace, SVA offers the cartooning and illustration classes students need to be successful professionals. Request information at ce@sva.edu to learn more about the illustration and cartooning courses offered in SVA's continuing education program.

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Artists who are inspired by stories, their own or someone else's, can find creative fulfillment as illustrators or cartoonists. In both disciplines, visual fluency speaks in concert with narrative intentions.

Illustrators and cartoonists are skilled artists with a literary streak. The successful illustrator can work in a variety of media to express meaningful concepts, but first he or she must be able to grasp that meaning by penetrating metaphorically into a text. By creating original comics that confront every issue found in the modern novel, graphic novelists have reinvented cartooning. Cartoonists can also become creative collaborators by taking another writer's material and orchestrating it with their own images.

At SVA, you become an illustrator or cartoonist by developing your technical skills into a highly interpretative instrument. Before going into the marketplace, you will practice drawing with pen and pencil, and painting with oils, watercolor or gouache; you will learn color composition and anatomy; you will work from live models and from pure imagination; and, most importantly, you will learn how to interpret, for skills must be accompanied by a well-developed artistic sensibility.

No one understands that better than the illustrators and cartoonists teaching at the School of Visual Arts, who share their considerable talents and experiences with you. We offer a variety of drawing and painting coursestaught by members of our outstanding illustration and cartooning faculty—that are listed in the fine arts section of this website.

Information Session

Illustration and Cartooning Information Session
One night: Wednesday, August 26
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, FREE OF CHARGE

What is illustration? What is cartooning? What do you need to begin working as an illustrator or cartoonist? Spend an evening with some of our continuing education illustration and cartooning faculty and see their work and their students' work.
NOTE: This information session will be held at 209 East 23rd Street, room 311, 3rd floor. Seating is given on a first-come, first-served basis. Session begins promptly at 6:30 PM.
MODERATOR: KEITH MAYERSON, illustrator, cartoonist, fine artist.

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