Students learn to draw cartoons, create video games at winter break classes
–Artist and game designer Raymond Mullikin will be teaching cartooning and video game creation classes with Paso Robles Recreation Services at Centennial Park during winter break in December and January. Mullikin is a credentialed teacher with more than a decade of hands-on experience instructing students in art and computer classes throughout San Luis Obispo County. Mulikin is also a published cartoonist, an animator and software developer.
On Friday, December 22 participants can take Intro to Software App Creation. A class on Drawing Animal ‘Toons will then be taught on Wednesday, December 27, followed by a class in Cartooning on Thursday, December 28. In addition, a class in Video Game Creation will be offered on Tuesday, January 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each of these winter classes will be form 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants should bring a sack lunch and a bottle of water to class. Classes are open to students ages nine and older. Centennial Park is located at 600 Nickerson Drive in Paso Robles.
- The Video Game Creation class is a great way for participants to learn to create multi-level arcade or platform style video games, like Super Mario or Space Invaders, using introductory graphical programming software for both kids and adults. The cost of this class is $70 plus a $10 supply fee payable to the instructor for the one-week session.
- During Intro to Software App Creation, students will learn to create their own computer program with pictures, animations and sound. “This class focuses more on the broad scope of applications that can be built for the computer, tablet, or Smartphone,” said Mullikin. “Students learn to make a program that changes based on the choices the reader makes with the click of the mouse. The apps they build can be anything from a simple multimedia presentation, educational program, interactive quiz or a video game.” Participants will bring their apps home on a flash drive. The cost of this class is $60 plus a $10 supply fee payable to the instructor for the one-week session.
- Mullikin’s Cartooning class is an excellent way of inspiring and motivating students in their love of drawing. Students will learn how to create their own cartoon characters, working in a humorous “Sunday funnies” style, even if they’ve never drawn before. They will learn warm-up and imagination exercises that cartoonists use and discover the basic drawing techniques that make up a cartoon, such as line, shape and value. This class is for students ages eight and older. The class is $45 with a $10 supply fee.
- The Drawing Animal ‘Toons class is a cartooning class that is more focused on learning to draw different creatures in the animal kingdom in a humorous “Sunday funnies” style. This class costs $40 plus a $10 supply.For more information or to register for any of these classes, visit the Paso Robles Recreation Services website to register online. To register in person at the the registration desk at Centennial Park on Mon–Fri from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information about Recreation Services programs and events please call (805) 237- 3988.