655 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Days and Hours Of Operation
Tues–Sun 11am–5pm. Closed Mondays.
6 and up (recommended)
With almost 11,000 pieces of original artwork, classrooms, and an on-site research library, the Cartoon Art Museum (CAM) is a really cool place to visit. There is always a changing roster of visually stunning and intriguing exhibits on established, alternative, and up-and-coming artists.
The museum offers cartooning classes for kids ages 8 to 14 years old on some Saturdays throughout the year. Students will learn a wide variety of skills in each class, with subjects ranging from character design to
story-boarding to creating their own mini-comics. Limited space is available and reservations are recommended but not mandatory. Classes are $5, which includes admission to the museum for the day and art supplies.
CAM’s Cartoon Boot Camps offer cartooning classes for intermediate-level art students.
2013 Week-long Summer Sessions:
- June 10–June 14: Super Mania!
- July 8–July 12: Stop-Motion Animation
Ages: 10 to 14
Days/Times: Mondays through Fridays, 11am–1pm
Cost: $100 for CAM members, $135 for non-members
2012–2013 Winter Cartooning Classes:
- Thursday, December 27: Crazy and Cute Critters (parent/child class, $10)
- Friday, December 28: Drawing Mystic Heroes from Fantastic Lands (ages 8 to 14, $15)
- Thursday, January 3: Superheroes and Supervillains (parent/child class, $10)
- Friday, January 4: Using Reference, Materials to Create Characters (ages 8 to 14, $15)
$7 per adult, $5 per student or senior, $3 per child ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are FREE.
Located between 3rd and New Montgomery Streets. Parking can be rough during the day. The garage at 5th and Mission is probably your best bet.
Muni: all Mission and Market lines, 30, 45
BART: Montgomery Street station. Walk down Third Street or New Montgomery to Mission.
*The first Tuesday of every month is "Pay What You Wish Day."
*Be aware that some of the artistic content may not be suitable for children.
*If your child likes cartooning classes, try 826 Valencia for classes for kids ages 7 and up.