Here’s an antidote to the drab, cold February days coming up: learn to create your own Anime story and a scene from it on paper. Young artists (and would-be young artists) will work in one of two age groups: Ages 6-11: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Register Here | Ages 12-17: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Register Here. The three-class program called “Free-standing Anime” will be held on three Saturdays in February: 15, 22, & 29 at the Artworks studios on 19 Everette Alley in Trenton.

“In this class, students will utilize character development and story telling techniques to collaborate in creating a narrative scene. Students will split into pairs to brainstorm their scene and characters,” according to program instructor Nicole Asay, an accomplished artist and educator who advances Artworks educational opportunities. “They will illustrate a scene, on paper, that fits into their narrative. They will create their characters, cut them out of paper and insert them into their scene.  They will present this scene to the class on their final day!”

Note the ever-present Anime over-sized eyes

Specifically, the techniques to be developed by each student are:
Students will learn how to create an original character
Students will learn about proportions and perspective
Students will learn how to situate characters in a 3D space

The fee is $5 (a month of program materials). If you’re unable to afford the fee, please contact or phone: 609-394-9436.

The Youth Art League is a vital component of Artworks outreach and education initiative, consisting of free programming designed to inspire the youth of Trenton’s communities. It is offered throughout the year with a variety of classes introducing new and exciting techniques in storytelling, drawing, collage, and so much more. These classes are held in Artworks’ 40-foot-high sky-lit classrooms from February through December and are scheduled on select Saturdays. Email:, or call 609-394-9436 for more information.

Artworks (19 Everett Alley) is located on Stockton Street between Front and Market Streets in the Mill Hill Historic District of Trenton, New Jersey.  Artworks is committed to making its programs and events accessible to all audiences. Ample free off-street parking. Easily accessible from Routes 1, 129 & 29. Gallery Hours (during exhibits): Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Late Hours: Thursday and Friday, until 8:00 p.m. Email:, or call 609-394-9436 for more information.

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