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Teaching Cartooning for Kids

Teaching children how to draw and paint can be a funny (and sometimes messy!) experience. Cartooning is a silly way to introduce art concepts as well as storytelling concepts to young artists. Plus, who doesn't love a good joke?

Getting Started

teach kids to cartoon

Before we get this show on the road, here is an important tip: when you draw crazy, happy, and zany characters, it's important to smile and have fun! If you're happy, your drawing will look happy too! Smile big, grab your pencil and paper, and let's start drawing!


Expressions can tell a lot about our characters and how they feel. They are usually pretty happy, but maybe the character your draw is tired, surprised, or extra excited! You can use facial expression and gestures to help express emotions and personality. - Dave Garbot

These mouths are a great example of using facial features to tell a story.

learn to draw cartoon mouths

Mouths can be a simple squiggle; an unhappy frown; or a great, big cheesy grin!

don't be afraid to draw

Images and text excerpted from Cartooning for Kids: Crazy, Zany Cartoon Characters by Dave Garbot

What ways have you used humor to teach art concepts?

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