Create more than just art! If you are familiar with Mario, Hello Kitty, Pikachu, and Rilakkuma, then you can easily understand kawaii characters. In this class, we will explore Japanese contemporary drawing styles to create Japanese anime characters of our own vision and design. Students will also learn how to make manga (Japanese-style comic) and basic animation techniques. Starting with basic drawing techniques, children will learn about and experience various mixed media (like crayon scratch, origami and magazine collage, making textures with acrylic color, using Japanese painting paper and so on…), watch Japanese animation, and create their own characters. Our class is not just a fan art drawing class, but also a place where the potential of young vivid imaginations can be expanded through anime characters. Once students make their own characters, they will have the opportunity to “play” with them! A character drawn on paper can be converted to a digital media file to be animated. About the Instructor Hiromitsu Kuroo is a Japanese artist with a vast experience teaching children in Japan and the United States. He is familiar with both styles of Japanese and American comics, and creates his course curriculum based on the background of each child as well as their own requests to improve their imagination and drawing skills. The uniqueness of his class is that he teaches not only the importance of classical drawing techniques, but also Japanese manga art through origami and clay modeling, which help kids to create more diverse works with three-dimensional aspects.