Summer Workshops


Summer is a great time for cartooning adventures! Brush up on some skills, learn new ones, or discover the world of cartooning for the first time ever. This summer we’re offering an exciting line up, including the annual Create Comics, the return of college level Cartooning Studio, and a few new workshops exploring screen printing and applied cartooning.



GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP | August 4-8 or August 11-15


Click here to register online!

>  Click here to download a print registration form (pdf).


July 7-11, 2014

Create Comics is fantastic! I highly recommend it for anyone aspiring to become a cartoonist.
-Michael, age 16, Burlington, Vermont

Best crash course in comics making – bar none!
-Philip, age 46, Montpelier, Vermont

Our 10th annual Create Comics workshop will walk you through exercises and group projects that will teach you about all aspects of making comics.  You’ll learn page composition, character and environment design, a variety of inking techniques, and the skills needed to self-publish your own comics. At the end of the workshop, students will take their new skills and apply them to a collaborative comic anthology, which will be drawn, printed and bound so that everyone can take home a copy. There will also be portfolio reviews if you would like feedback on your comics from home. Create Comics works well for both beginning and advanced students, age 16 and over. Click here to view the schedule!

July 11 & 12, 2014

From design to empathy to literacy, cartooning can be a profound tool to teach adults and children critical skills. Through lectures, workshops, and panel discussions this symposium will explore the many ways that educators and librarians can use cartooning to enrich any school or organization’s programming and curriculum. Schedule:  2:30pm-5pm on Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday.

Session I: August 4-8, 2014
Session II: August 11-15, 2014
Optional online extension: August 18-October 10, 2014

  • On campus workshop tuition: $950
  • Optional online extension tuition: $1,200
  • For-credit option: $400 for on campus workshop,
    $200 for online extension
  • Ages 18+
  • Register online now!

“Paul Karasik has a kind of intelligence combined with earnestness that comes from someplace deep not a recipe book. He is very, very, very intelligent.”
- Art Spiegelman
Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, “MAUS: A Survivor’s Tale”

Do you have the beginnings of a graphic novel but need some help getting it off the ground? Is your cartooning stuck in a rut, ready to move up to another level?

Put everything else aside and only work on your comics for a week in White River Junction, Vermont. Workshop instructor Paul Karasik is a cartoonist (The New Yorker, City of Glass), a comics scholar (I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets, How To Read Nancy), and a renown teacher (CCS, RISD, SVA) who really knows how to take good cartoonists and make them better.

During the week-long on-campus workshop, students will participate in lectures, collaborative exercises, book discussion sessions, events, and group critiques, with the goal of producing the first draft of a longer comics project.

During the option 8-week online extension, students will develop and refine their work through online collaboration with faculty and peers, and complete comprehensive final drafts of their projects.

You will leave this class a stronger cartoonist than when you entered.

“If you ever had any interest in taking a comics class, I recommend THIS ONE. Paul is probably one of the most insightful and all around influential and amazing teachers I’ve ever had…I give this class ten thumbs up, if I only had thumbs for each finger.”
– Heather Benjamin, Cartoonist


August 18-22, 2014

Even though this was a 5-day workshop, I’m going home with months worth of materials and instruction.  It’s great to be surrounded by talented people who share their enthusiasm for comics.
-Sally, age 31, San Francisco, California

Are you ready to take your cartooning to the next level? Bring a comics project to our 5-day Cartooning Studio summer intensive and we’ll help you do just that! Through a series of lectures and in-class exercises our instructors will teach you methods for developing characters and environments, strengthening your writing, and a variety of inking techniques. Each day will have dedicated studio time for students to apply these concepts to their own work. There will also be optional portfolio reviews, to give you feedback on your work. Our goal is for each student to end up with a nice big stack of finished, inked pages of comics! This class is ideal for adults and college students (with a for-credit option).

August 22-24, 2014

Perfect for Cartooning Studio attendees who want to delve deeper into screen-printing, or artists from around the region who want to explore the medium with full access to CCS resources and faculty. This weekend screen printing intensive with CCS instructors will walk students through the screen printing process from start to finish.



Included with Tuition:

Tuition for all workshops include the 5-day workshop, in-class supplies, morning and afternoon snacks, and evening student activities. Create Comic tuition also includes lunch daily.

Participants in Cartooning Studio and the Graphic Novel Workshop will have 24-hour access to studio space and the CCS Production Lab, black & white and color copying and printing, availability of laptops and equipment for check out, and Schulz Library borrowing privileges.

For-Credit Option:

Cartooning Studio and the Graphic Novel Workshop can be taken for 2 undergraduate credits. The optional online extension of the Graphic Novel Workshop can be taken for 1 undergraduate credit. Please check with the Program Chair or Registrar at your college or university before registering to see if the credits will be accepted. To enroll for-credit, students must have an official transcript sent to CCS Summer Workshops, PO BOX 125, White River Junction, Vermont 05001.


CCS partners with local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations to provide full and partial summer workshop scholarships for students who could not otherwise attend.

Past CCS scholarship partners have included:
Comic Book Project (CBP): New York City
Town of Hartford Department of Parks & Recreation
The Junction: Listen’s Teen Center
Hartford High School
New Urban Arts: Providence, Rhode Island

This year, CCS is partnering with Vermont Department of Libraries to offer a full tuition summer scholarship. For more information, click here.

Need Based Scholarship

Additional partial scholarships are available through CCS based on financial need for individuals or families making less than $50,000/year, on a first-come first-serve basis. To be considered for a scholarship, please submit a copy of your 2013 federal income tax return to or via fax, 802-295-3399.

You will be notified of your award, if any, within 3 days of receipt, and provided with a code to deduct the amount of the award from your online registration. You must register for the workshop within 7 days of notice of the scholarship.

Student Accommodations

Student housing is available in the hostel section at the nearby Hotel Coolidge. The hotel is located in the historic village of White River Junction at 39 South Main Street, a few steps from CCS and the Amtrak station.

Special rates are:
$40/night for a single hostel room or shared hotel guest room
$69/night for a single hotel guest room

Staying 10 or more nights? Receive a discount of $5/night off the single hostel room rates or $10/night off the single hotel guestroom rate.

To make a reservation, contact the Hotel Coolidge, (802) 295-3118. Please let them know you plan on attending a summer workshop at The Center for Cartoon Studies. Book now, space is limited. Special rates are all subject to 9% VT tax and availability.


The Center for Cartoon Studies
46 South Main Street
White River Junction, Vermont

Go to directions to The Center for Cartoon Studies

Daily Schedule

Class time runs from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily. Breaks will be offered throughout the day, including a one-hour lunch break. There will be optional student activities planned each evening. A detailed class agenda will be provided at the start of the workshop.

The Schulz Library

The Schulz Library will be open for reading room access to students enrolled in the summer workshop. Lending privileges are provided to participants in Children’s Books, Cartooning Studio, Extended Studio Option and the Graphic Novel Workshop.


Bring a sketchbook and your favorite pens and pencils. We’ll supply paper and basic tools.


Morning and afternoon snacks are provided for all workshop attendees. During Create Comics (July 8-12) lunch will be provided daily. Several restaurants, cafes, and stores will be offering discounts to workshop attendees, and are located within walking distance from CCS and the Hotel Coolidge.

Student Activities

Special access to the Schulz Library, attend CCS Film Club, comic production pizza party, and more!

Vacation in Vermont

White River Junction has a vibrant arts community and a variety of exciting and entertaining places to visit: Main Street Museum, Northern Stage Theater, Tip Top Media Arts building

Other nearby attractions include the Lebanon Opera House, Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Hood Museum, VINS Nature Center, St. Gaudens Museum and Park, Quechee Gorge, the historic covered bridges and picturesque village of Woodstock, Dartmouth College and the shops, restaurants and more in the town of Hanover, NH.

The Upper Valley Aquatic Center (UVAC) offers day passes for $15. The UVAC is located about 1.5 miles from CCS and includes a several pools, a splash park and 110-foot water slide, and a complete fitness center.

Things To Do Within A One Hour Drive

Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour- Tour the headquarters of the most famous name in the frozen food aisle! Located in Waterbury, VT, the Ben & Jerry’s Factory offers a fun and educational experience for all ages (not to mention the free samples.)

Cabot Creamery- Visitor’s Center offers guided tours, agriculture and history information and gift shop. Visit the Cabot website for cheesemaking schedule.

Upper Valley Land Trust Hikes and Trails- See the beauty of central Vermont on foot. Downloadable maps and guides to woodland areas and mountains are available at the Land Trust website.

Visit the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce for more information on local attractions and events.

Area Accommodations

Hotel Coolidge
39 South Main Street
White River Junction, Vermont
Phone: (802) 295-3118
CCS discount: $10 off per night
See above for special rates for workshop attendees.

The following hotels are approximately 1.5 miles
from CCS campus:

Fairfield Inn & Suites
102 Ballardvale Dr.
White River Junction, Vermont
Special CCS rate: $92/night
Phone: (802) 291-9911

Hampton Inn
104 Ballardvale Drive
White River Junction, Vermont
Special CCS rate: $92/night
Phone: (802) 296-2800

Comfort Inn
56 Ralph Lehman Dr.
White River Junction, VT
CCS discount: 15% off per night
Phone: (802) 295-3051

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
121 Ballardvale Dr.
White River Junction, Vermont
CCS discount: $10 off per night
Phone: (802) 299-2700

Residence Inn Marriott
32 Centerra Parkway
Lebanon, New Hampshire
CCS rate: $139/night for a studio or one-bedroom suite
Phone: (603) 643-4511


Call (802) 295-3319 or