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Camp Fire USA--Orange County Council, Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announce our summer day camp for young people ages 7-14!
Running from June 21 through August 27, the day camp offers fun-filled, exciting weeks of themed activities, hands-on educational experiences, swimming, archery, arts and crafts, and exercises in imagination.
Check out activities by the week at two different locations: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, both in Orange, CA.
As part of the fun, the Center for Creativity is hosting our first-ever Creativity Camp for one whole week in June, July, and August. Our teaching artists are coming up with all sorts of ideas that will make your imagination soar into the blue, summertime skies:

Using recycled materials for "green" projects

Making creativity journals

Experimenting with batik

Creating paper-bag collages

Designing symbols drawn from Native American art and culture

Crafting masks

And more, all inspired by the creative genius of animation director, Chuck Jones!

Location: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity 131 W. Chapman Ave. Orange, CA
June 28-July 2
July 19-23
August 9-13
Times: 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday
Fee: $190 plus $50 materials fee per camper per week
Registration and payment in advance are required.

Don't miss out--register now! Please call Michelle at Camp Fire at 714.547.5200, extension 39 or Pam at 949.660.7793 for more information!

    Chuck Jones Center to Unveil New Website

    Tue the 27th, April 2010

    Craig Kausen, President of the Board of Directors of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, announced today that a newly designed interactive website for the Center will launch May 6, 2010.
    This new website came about through the Center's affiliation with Festival of Children Foundation who offered their members the opportunity to work (for free!) with students at the Art Institute of Orange County California to either create a website for an organization from the ground-up or revamp an existing one. Students at AIOC get course credit for the project and have the opportunity for real-life experience working with a client. Did we mention that they're also brilliant? Well they are, and the Center could not be more grateful for their creativity (yes!) and thoughtful, professional attitude toward the project. Circle the date for the big reveal: Thursday, May 6, 2010!

      This inspired me today...

      Wed the 21st, April 2010

      "Lines are the grammar of all art. Even in animation, all characters are born of graceful, linear drawing. The most important discovery I made at Chouinard, one that has been shared by every artist, cartoonist, painter in history...was the ability to live by the single line--that single, honest delineation of the artist's intent." --Chuck Jones

        This past week found Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and President of the Board of Trustees for Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, again in Tempe, Arizona, at Tempe Center for the Arts conducting workshops at the local high schools and hosting the "Paper Cup Exchange" (pictured) at TCA with over 40 local participants. On hand as a special guest was animator & creator, John Ramirez. Ramirez and Kausen also spoke to over 100 animation and digital photography students at local area high schools on Thursday and Friday to much acclaim! Friday evening, Kausen hosted an outdoor Chuck Jones Film Festival at Kiwanis Movies in the Park, where over 500 local denizens enjoyed the laughter and creativity of many of Jones' most inspired comedic masterpieces.

          Take the Lead 2010 Teen Summit

          Wed the 14th, April 2010

          Hundreds of high school students participated in TAKE THE LEAD at the 14th Annual Teem Summit on Friday, March 12, 2010 at California State University, Fullerton. It was the larges youth conference of its kind in Southern California. TAKE THE LEAD is designed to promote volunteerism, develop leadership skills and increase awareness of social trends at the local, state and national levels. Students participated in over 20 interactive workshops focusing on service, leadership and civic engagement.
          One such workshop, "Litter-ally, It's Art! Creating Socially Conscience Art," was hosted by Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Led by Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CJCC, Kausen led a spirited group of high-schoolers in an art class that utilized found objects (we call it 'obtainium'), assisting him was Program Director for CJCC, Pamela Marsden. To learn more about TAKE THE LEAD, please click here.

          Some comments from participants in the CJCC workshop:

          "[It was the] perfect place to be you, even if you aren't into art. The speaker was funny and really great!"

          "This was a fantastic class! I doubt any [other] class was more fun than this one."

          "It was fun! We got to use our creativity!"

            On Saturday, April 10 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM , Girl Scout Troops 734, 1172 and 1462 from around Orange County descended on the Chuck Jones Center for their first art badge-earning art class. Led by teaching artist, Chris Scardino,

              This inspired me today...

              Wed the 7th, April 2010

                Animator John Ramirez ("Beauty and the Beast," "Toy Story 2") and Chuck Jones' grandson, Craig Kausen, will be at the Tempe Center for the Arts April 15-17 for presentations and workshops. Read the full article in the Los Angeles Examiner.

                  Cheryl Posner, Executive Director of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity (L), and Alexander Yust, Chief Preparator for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) check through the art selected from the Chuck Jones Center's archive for the upcoming exhibition, "Chuck Jones: An Animator's Life from A to Z-Z-Z-Z" that will open May 14th at AMPAS' main campus, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., in Beverly Hills, California.

                    TEMPE, Ariz. - John Ramirez, whose work can be seen in "Toy Story II," "Beauty and the Beast" and more will visit Tempe for workshops and presentations from April 15-17, the city announced today.
                    Ramirez, who includes Chuck Jones as one of his cherished mentors, will join Jone' grandson, Craig Kausen, for a talk and presentation at 7 p.m. on April 15 in the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. The pair will visit Mountain Pointe, Tempe and McClintock high schools on April 16 for animation demonstrations and presentations. Later that evening the two will head to Kiwanis Park for a presentation of Jones' films during Movies in the Park, which begins at dusk.

                    About Ramirez
                    John Ramirez is a professional animator, storyboard and visual development artist, designer, illustrator and art director. His work can be seen in many feature films, including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hercules, Toy Story II and Tom and Jerry and The Fast and the Furriest. He is a versatile artist who has applied his creative skills in many fields, including being on the design team of theme parks around the world, numerous museum exhibits, parades, mascots and award-winning floats in Asia, Australia and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Ramirez has been creating animated stories, characters and exhibitions since he was a 12 year-old student in junior high school. There, and later in his high school animation class, he was fortunate to have been mentored by many of the masters of animation, including Chuck Jones. In fact, when Jones saw Ramirez and his classmates' artistic progress and enthusiasm, he chose them to design, fabricate and install the "Chuck Jones: An Animated Life" exhibit at the Capitol Children's Museum in Washington, D.C. Ramirez also worked with Jones developing animation projects. Jones and Ramirez' other mentors from the world of art, animation and design had a very strong impact that transcended the creation of beautiful and engaging films, environments and experiences. They also gave Ramirez a deep appreciation for passing the torch of knowledge to others. While he was still in high school and ever since, Ramirez has been mentoring young student artists and their teachers in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
                    The event is being partially funded by Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts and is in cooperation with the nonprofit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.