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Caricature Drawing & Design Schools & Courses

The art of caricature focuses on creating an exaggerated cartoon-like picture of a recognizable face. Many caricature drawing and design courses are part of a cartooning certificate or art, illustration, or animation degree programs.

Essential Information

Caricature is taught in community colleges, universities, continuing education programs, art schools, and online. Some common concepts covered are:

  • Exaggeration and distortion in portraits.
  • Cartoon and cartoon strip techniques.
  • Historical use of caricatures.

List of Courses in Caricature Drawing and Design

The Art of Caricature

This art course is for students of any age and artistic ability. Skills taught in the course include drawing people and enhancing prominent parts of their faces and bodies. Exaggeration and humor dominate this course. Students learn to produce finished pencil-drawn caricatures of famous people and others.

Cartoon Drawing

Creating cartoon images of humans and animals for cards, advertising, editorializing and just for fun is the focus of this course. Techniques introduced include distorting facial images to create caricatures. Students create both color and black and white cartoon images.

Cartoon Strip Design

Students in this course use drawing skills to develop humorous and exaggerated characters and then develop storylines for their characters. The use of humor in drawing characters is emphasized. Final projects include complete storyboards for cartoon strips.

Introduction to Illustration

In both the classroom and art studio, students learn illustration techniques for books, magazines, and digital media. Drawing techniques for portraits, cartoons, caricatures using pen and ink, charcoal, pencil, and specialized software are taught. Evaluating illustrations is also introduced.

Caricature in History

This art history course reviews the underpinnings of caricature art and how it became a popular art form. The use of caricatures for political and social commentary is analyzed and political cartoons from the 19th and 20th centuries are examined.

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