Chuck Jones: Season of Creativity

The City of Irvine is thrilled to partner with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity to spotlight artist Chuck Jones and his iconic career through a Great Park Gallery exhibition and interactive programming featuring his world-famous cartoon characters. The community will have opportunities to participate in art and creativity programs, educational lectures, and a film series all inspired by Jones’ work and legacy. 

Chuck Jones: Season of Creativity Exhibition

Chuck Jones: Season of Creativity is an exhibition designed to explore the process of animation from script to screen through original art, writing, and other ephemera created by Chuck Jones. Visit the Orange County Great Park Gallery beginning Sunday, July 4, through Sunday, September 12 to learn how Jones helped bring to life some of the most famous Warner Bros. characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote, and Road Runner. 

The Great Park Gallery is open noon–4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Visit ocgp.org/arts for more information on the exhibition.

Exhibition Reception: Sunday, August 1, Noon
Great Park Gallery | Free

Join an exhibition reception in honor of the Palm Court Arts Complex's 10th anniversary August 1, noon, at the Great Park Gallery. The Palm Court Arts Complex first opened to the public in 2011, bringing a community arts and events space to the growing park. Over the past decade, exhibitions in the Great Park Gallery have brought local, national, and internationally known artists' works to a welcoming, family-friendly space. Chuck Jones: Season of Creativity continues this tradition.

During the reception Sunday, August 1, meet renowned Disney animator, director, and Chuck Jones protégée Eric Goldberg and members of Jones' family, including Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Jones' grandson, and longtime Irvine resident. Take photos near iconic memorabilia, including one of Jones' Oscars and the actual desk he used during his career. Afterward, enjoy the Chuck Jones Lecture & Film Series event 1–3 p.m. at Hangar 244. No registration is required for this free reception, and all ages are welcome.

Interactive Activities

Community Art Events

Enjoy free family-friendly events at the Orange County Great Park that will inspire your creativity and teach you more about the work of Chuck Jones. No registration is needed, and all ages are welcome. Drop-in activities are available while supplies last.

Saturday Morning Cartoons & Drawing

Marvin Martian & K9: Saturday, August 21, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner: Saturday, September 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Orange County Great Park Artist Studios

Meet up at the Orange County Great Park Artist Studios for a morning of cartoons and drawing! Participants will learn how to draw some of Jones' world-famous cartoon characters with the guidance of teaching artists from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Event includes coloring sheets and other creative opportunities. No registration is needed for this drop-in activity; available while supplies last.

Chuck Jones Big Draw

Sunday, September 5, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Orange County Great Park Palm Court Arts Complex

Participants of all ages will be able to participate in creativity stations throughout the Palm Court Arts Complex at the Orange County Great Park. Activities include a Chuck Jones Doodle Wall, Termite Terrace Character Drawing, and Acme Animation Experience, where participants can collaborate on personalized stop-motion animated short cartoons using some of Chuck Jones’s favorite characters. All ages. No registration is needed for this drop-in activity; available while supplies last.

Chuck Jones Lecture & Film Series

Learn more about Chuck Jones' career and his impact on the world of animation, and enjoy showings of classic cartoons. Lecture and film series events are held at the Orange County Great Park Hangar 244. They are free and open to the public, with no reservations needed. All ages are welcome.

Sunday, August 1, 1–3 p.m.

“What Makes Chuck Chuck?”
A Conversation with Renowned Disney Director and Chuck Jones Protégée Eric Goldberg, with Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Center and Chuck Jones’ Grandson

The always delightful and witty Eric Goldberg will talk about the characteristics, hallmarks, and trademarks of Chuck Jones’ work that make him unique among his animation peers, peppered with clips and anecdotes. Cartoons will also be shown. Goldberg is an American animator, voice actor, and film director known for his work with Walt Disney Animation Studios and Warner Bros. Animation. He is known for his work on Aladdin (as the lead Genie animator) and Warner Bros. Looney Tunes Back in Action!, as well as credits for such animated masterpieces as Pocohantas, Fantasia 2000, and more recently, Moana.

Sunday, September 5, 1–3pm

“The History of Chuck Jones”
A Tribute to an American Genius

In this lecture, Chuck’s grandson, Craig Kausen, will lead you through the seven decades-long career of Jones, a four-time Academy Award-recipient in a multi-media exploration of the creative genius that fueled Jones’ career and life. In addition, Jones’ cartoons, such as What’s Opera, Doc? and Bully for Bugs will be shown as well as his Academy Award-winning cartoon The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics.

Augmented Reality Experience

Use your mobile device to interact with world-famous characters “hanging out” around the Great Park through augmented reality. Start the adventure by visiting cityofirvine.org/chuckjonesAR from your mobile device once you're at the Great Park. From there, you can find and interact with characters around the park. Characters are located near the Balloon, Carousel, Kids Rock, Palm Court, and the Terraced Lawn.

How it Works

  • Make sure your photo settings are updated:
    • Go to settings -> Privacy -> Enable Location Services
    • Go to settings -> Safari -> Location, in the "Settings for Websites” section, and set to “Ask”
  • Access the augmented reality experience at cityofirvine.org/chuckjonesAR.
  • Click "Start the Adventure."
  • Click on the character you want to engage with (must be within 100ft radius of character in order to engage).
  • "Allow" cityofirvine.org/chuckjonesAR to access your camera.
  • Align your hand with the image of the hand on the screen and the character will appear in your palm.
  • Place the character where you want and use your fingers to move, rotate, and scale the character.
  • To reactivate the character, place your hand in front of the camera until the character relocates to your palm.

Recreational Classes

Join us in a variety of family-friendly activities in cartooning, sewing, crafting, and more celebrating Season of Creativity. Activities are held at various City of Irvine facilities, and fees and ages vary by program. Registration is required for the activities noted below at yourirvine.org; click the links below to sign up. 

Sew Easy

Thursdays, July 1–22, 2–3 p.m.
Quail Hill Community Center

Welcome to sewing basics. Students will get an introduction to safety and rules for using needles and learn different types of stitches. Ages 10–13.

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Acme Inventor

Fridays, July 23–August 13, 2–3 p.m.
Quail Hill Community Center

In this STEAM class, students will learn about simple machines using everyday materials to create amazing inventions. Ages 10–13.

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Food for Thought: A Creativity Program with Adult Brain Health in Mind

Tuesdays, August 3–24, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Las Lomas Community Center

This is a science-based program providing targeted cognitive exercises to four brain functions that help maintain healthy adult brains. Ages 45+.

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Third Dimension

Thursdays, August 5–26, 2–3 p.m.
Quail Hill Community Center

Explore three-dimensional construction while creating art from different types of materials. Ages 7–10.

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Elements of Comedy for Kids

Fridays, August 20–September 10, 2–3 p.m.
Quail Hill Community Center
Tuesdays, September 14–October 5, 3–4 p.m.
Las Lomas Community Center

Learn fundamentals of comedy such as improvisation, stock characters, joke writing, caricature, and more. Ages 8–13.

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Intro to Character Development

Tuesday, September 14, 3:30–5 p.m.
Las Lomas Community Center

In this class, you’ll draw a few of the most famous cartoon characters ever created and delve into how characters are developed through storyboard techniques. Ages 8–13.

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