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Cartoons: History & PracticeMaster ClassIn-Person

Thursday, Jan 11, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

For close to one hundred years, The New Yorker’s cartoons have been beloved. Longtime New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly will discuss the history of the form and how it offers a unique social commentary as well as a window into ourselves and into a given moment in history. She will examine different styles of creating—from how the drawing is drawn and what media is used, to the importance of the crafted caption and the dance of word and image on the page. Questions to be considered include: Where do artists get ideas? How have styles in humor changed? How does humor in this unique form affect the viewer? Along the way, Liza will also share her personal journey to being a cartoonist for The New Yorker for over forty years. In the afternoon, participants will create a New Yorker cartoon of their own. This class is appropriate for art teachers, history teachers, and other educators with a passion for the topic.


Liza Donnelly

Liza Donnelly is an award-winning cartoonist and writer for The New Yorker magazine, and a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, and others. She is the author of eighteen books for adults and children, and her book Women On Men was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her most recent book is Very Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Women Cartoonists, 1925-2021, with a foreword by David Remnick and Emma Allen. Liza’s TED talk was translated into forty languages. The innovator of digital visual journalism, she live-draws the Oscars on-site and political events for major news outlets. She is a Vassar visiting scholar and holds an honorary degree from University of Connecticut. She lives in New York.