Private Classes

Looking for unique drawing experiences for your 6-18 year old? If so, then this is for you! We can meet one on one, with a small group of friends, or a much larger group like a Cubscout Pack or corporate event around the St. Louis, MO area!

Classes can be anywhere, at your house, a library, Bread Co, or other public spaces! We’ll make it work and usually find something between my house and yours! I have a flexible schedule and can teach these classes anytime during the day or evening, any day of the week!

NOTE: Consult coverage map below. If you’re outside the green zone (or somewhere else in the USA/CAN) and want HOW TO DRAW classes, please visit my live ONLINE CLASSES page!

WHAT PARENTS HAVE TO SAY…

"Mr. Todd was wonderful to work with when setting up a private comic class for my daughter. Scheduling was easy and I appreciated that he brought all the supplies so we just had to show up for the sessions. He was very professional and was able to tweak his curriculum for my daughter’s skills, interest, and experience. My daughter enjoyed her sessions and learned a lot! She thought the class was interesting and helpful and gives it a 9 out of 10."

Jamie Kirkwood, Missouri Advanced Kids Comic Workshop (Private Class) July 8, 2019

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Green Zone = No Extra Charge
Yellow Zone = $20 Add’l 1-Time Gas Fee
Red Zone = ONLINE ONLY (as of 6/23/21)


WHAT I CAN TEACH / PRICES

PLEASE REGISTER SO WE CAN DISCUSS PRICES. THE MORE KIDS YOU HAVE, THE BETTER THE PRICE!
This list is specific to Birthday Parties and other large group events.

INTRO TO KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP (Ages 6-11) (1 session / 60 mins)
This introduction class takes various elements scattered throughout the multi-session Junior and Beginner courses that Todd teaches, including character design and the basics for the kids to create their own comics!

INTRO TO CHARACTER DESIGN (Ages 9+) (1 session / 60 mins)
Taking several elements from the full three session Character Design course, this introduction class will teach the basics in how to draw their very own characters!

"HOW TO DRAW" CLASSES (Ages 6-11) (1 session / 30 mins)
NOTE: Only available inside the "Green Zone" on my coverage map. If you are outside the green zone, please consider taking my live ONLINE group classes instead!
These classes give step by step instruction in teaching characters from the following:

Adventure Time (Ages 7-11)
Amazing World Of Gumball (Ages 7-11)
Captain Underpants (Ages 6-9)
Cartoon Animals (Ages 6-11)
Cartoon Dragons (Ages 7-11)
Cartoon Monsters (Ages 6-11)
Classic Disney (Ages 6-11)
Dogman (Ages 6-9)
Gravity Falls (Ages 7-14)
Minecraft (Ages 7-11)
Pokemon (Ages 6-11)
Spongebob Squarepants (Ages 7-11)
Star Wars (Ages 7-11)
Teen Titans GO (Ages 7-11)

"HOW TO DRAW" CLASSES (Ages 6-11) (30 mins each - $15 per session per child)
NOTE: Only available inside the "Green Zone" on my coverage map. If you are outside the green zone, please consider taking my live ONLINE group classes instead!
These classes give step by step instruction in teaching characters from the following:

Adventure Time (Ages 7-11)
Amazing World Of Gumball (Ages 7-11)
Captain Underpants (Ages 6-9)
Cartoon Animals (Ages 6-11)
Cartoon Dragons (Ages 7-11)
Cartoon Monsters (Ages 6-11)
Classic Disney (Ages 6-11)
Dogman (Ages 6-9)
Gravity Falls (Ages 7-14)
Minecraft (Ages 7-11)
Pokemon (Ages 6-11)
Spongebob Squarepants (Ages 7-11)
Star Wars (Ages 7-11)
Teen Titans GO (Ages 7-11)

GENERAL DRAWING SKILLS CLASSES (30 min each - $20 per session)
These are traditional fundamental classes. There are many factors that go into these classes as each is individualized from child to child. They can learn anything from how to hold a pencil, line weight exercises, shading techniques, perspective, 2D design, balance, still life drawings, optical illusion art and so on, just to name a few.

PRICES BELOW ARE PER STUDENT
This list is specific to one on one or small groups (under 5 kids.)

JUNIOR KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP (Ages 6-7) (2 sessions/45 min each - $40 + gas fee, if applicable)
The Junior workshop introduces kids to the basics of comic creation. Simple facial expressions, speech bubbles, understanding characters, storytelling, and drawing a lot of comics!

BEGINNER KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP (Ages 8-11) (4 sessions/45 min each - $80 + gas fee, if applicable)
The Beginner workshop teaches kids the comic process in more depth. They’ll learn detailed facial expressions, more speech bubbles and how to use them, character design, motion lines, sound effects, panel composition, writing stories, and finally drawing a single, three panel, and six panel comic of their very own.

ADVANCED KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP (Ages 12+) (4 sessions/45 min each - $100 + gas fee, if applicable)
The Advanced workshop is aimed for older kids (and adults!) and goes even deeper in the comic making process. They will learn in depth character design, script writing, drawing techniques, shading, professional level speech bubbles, shot composition, panel layout and flow, thumbnailing, and a six page mini comic book as a final project.

CHARACTER DESIGN (Ages 9+) (3 sessions/45 min each - $60 + gas fee, if applicable)
This course focuses purely on character design and the techniques taught can apply to cartoon or realistic characters. Several principles will be taught, including facial proportions and expressions, character scale, height/weight variations, different profiles, giving expressions to things without a face, exaggeration and body language, simple skeletons, color palettes, silhouette comparisons, K.I.S.S. drawings, and ideas on how to make characters unique from one another.

"HOW TO DRAW" CLASSES (Ages 6-11) (30 mins each - $15 per session)
NOTE: Only available inside the "Green Zone" on my coverage map. If you are outside the green zone, please consider taking my live ONLINE classes instead!
These classes give step by step instruction in teaching characters from the following:

Adventure Time (Ages 7-11)
Amazing World Of Gumball (Ages 7-11)
Captain Underpants (Ages 6-9)
Cartoon Animals (Ages 6-11)
Cartoon Dragons (Ages 7-11)
Cartoon Monsters (Ages 6-11)
Classic Disney (Ages 6-11)
Dogman (Ages 6-9)
Gravity Falls (Ages 7-14)
Minecraft (Ages 7-11)
Pokemon (Ages 6-11)
Spongebob Squarepants (Ages 7-11)
Star Wars (Ages 7-11)
Teen Titans GO (Ages 7-11)

GENERAL DRAWING SKILLS CLASSES (30 min each - $20 per session)
These are traditional fundamental classes. There are many factors that go into these classes as each is individualized from child to child. They can learn anything from how to hold a pencil, line weight exercises, shading techniques, perspective, 2D design, balance, still life drawings, optical illusion art and so on, just to name a few.

PHOTOGRAPHY (Ages 10-76.5) (2 sessions/45 min each session - $50 + gas fee, if applicable)
Teaches shot composition and framing, lighting, how cameras work, how to properly hold your device, editing photos, and much more! The course also includes time to critique photos that you've taken so you can become a better photographer! NOTE: This class is not possible in public spaces like libraries or Bread Co.



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All classes on this particular page are considered private, meaning not available to the general public.

1 on 1 classes: 1-5 kids. (Can be siblings or friends.)
Birthday parties: 4+ kids.
Group events: 6+ kids.
Corporate events: 6+ kids.
Cubscout packs: 4+ kids.

Anywhere you want. I've taught at parents homes as well as public places like coffee shops and public libraries. If it's a public space I usually try to find a location that is half way between my home and yours.

Credit Card or Cash. No Checks Please.

No, if you want to wait till we secure a date/time and location, that's perfectly fine. Once that's locked in, I will send an invoice for CC payment (through SQUARE.) You must pay before class begins, however.

It's not necessary but it also depends on your comfort level. If you want to drop your child off at a public place and leave for the time required, that's fine. If you want to sit a few tables away, that's fine too. I just ask you don't sit at the same table as us, thanks!

Absolutely! I provide everything needed but if they have a favorite pencil or something they use, by all means let them bring it.

Absolutely, but if you are in the Red Zone (or beyond) of my coverage map, another option is to take any of my classes ONLINE. These are live classes using webcams and Zoom, and are as good as you'll get to being in person.

Please note, however, that if you want to meet in the yellow zone a gas fee will still be applied to the total cost of class.

Absolutely, we'll sort those details out in time!


Registering alone doesn't mean this is locked and happening. Scheduling conflicts could prevent me from being able to do it at all. Registration is just to get the process started to see availability. I will do my best to make it work, so give me several options for dates and I will find one that works on my schedule.

Here is my coverage map for driving distance. Green zone = No extra charge. Yellow zone = $20 additional gas fee. Red zone = As of June 2021, I no longer travel to the red zone or beyond. Please register for your event on my LIVE ONLINE CLASS page instead!

AREA COVERAGE MAP
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All classes on this particular page are considered private, meaning not available to the general public.

1 on 1 classes: 1-5 kids. (Can be siblings or friends.)
Birthday parties: 4+ kids.
Group events: 6+ kids.
Corporate events>: 6+ kids.
Cubscout packs: 4+ kids.

You can pay me the day of the event/party when I come over. I accept cash or credit card and will bring my CC reader with me. No checks please.

For birthday parties and group events with 6 or more kids, I charge a flat fee.

If you mean dress up as in "will you come fully clothed", then yes, yes I will.

From my experience, keeping their attention is finite due to the nature of the event, especially if cake and ice cream are inside them. The longest I can "safely" stay would be an hour total (no longer), BUT you must arrange this with me before the day of the party so I know to bring enough supplies. The fee to stay for an hour would be double the normal rate per child. The "How To Draw" class will still be thirty minutes long, so we can add another "How To Draw" class for the last thirty minutes or do fun drawing challenges/activities that I give them.

Have enough tables and chairs for the kids to be able to draw from. I bring an easel and dry erase board, so typically I like to set that up at the end of the biggest table you have.

If this is for a very large GROUP class, we may need to use another method so all kids can see what I'm doing. (Such as using an overhead camera projected onto a large screen, etc.) If we do need extra equipment then you will need to get it as I don't own it.

Not expected but definitely appreciated.


 
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