Cartoon Academy Celebrates National Cartoonists Day!

WQED Education Presents
Cartoon Academy: Playful Pets with Joe Wos
in Celebration of National Cartoonists Day

PITTSBURGH — WQED Education continues its offerings to students, parents and teachers with a pet-themed themed compilation of an innovative and fun project – cartooning. This educational video series was created in collaboration with WQED Education and WQED Production to support the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s “Learning Neighborhoods” initiative.

Cartoon Academy: Playful Pets with Joe Wos airs Thursday, May 5 at 8pm on WQED and on WQED’s YouTube channel at

To celebrate National Cartoonists Day, Pittsburgh cartoonist Joe Wos takes student viewers of all ages through the creative steps of drawing cartoon characters, while sharing educational facts on the cartoon subjects. Viewers will also learn artistic terms during each lesson. In this special 21-minute episode, sketch along with Joe as he draws a happy dog, a fancy hamster and a wary fish.

Cartoon Academy is made possible through the support of the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Central Catholic High School, Mark Kistler’s Imagination Initiative, and National Cartoonists Society Foundation

About Cartoon Academy

All episodes are archived on Each of the six-to-nine minute videos are produced in chapter clusters of three, by topic, with a coloring sheet to accompany them. Additionally, a series of short “Quick Draw” episodes cover topics such as doodling, practice, art tools, and developing character personality.


Down Under
Episode 101: A Kangaroo and a Joey, Too
Episode 102: Koala and a Kooky Kookaburra
Episode 103: Platypus and Crocodile

Down On the Farm
Episode 104: Playful Pig and Delightful Duck
Episode 105: Rooster on the Roof
Episode 106: Cow

Household Pets
Episode 201: Dog Gone Cute
Episode 202: A Very Fancy Hamster
Episode 203: Something Fishy

Winter Wonderland
Episode 204: That’s Snow Business!
Episode 205: Playful Penguin
Episode 206: Seal of Approval

Quick Draws
Colorful Personality
Tooling Around
Practice Makes Pretty Good

About Joe Wos

Joe Wos is an award-winning, internationally syndicated cartoonist. In 2021, Mr. Wos was nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for hosting WQED’s Cartoon Academy. He has been working professionally as a cartoonist since the age of 14 and teaching cartooning for more than 30 years. Mr. Wos has performed with symphony orchestras, established a world record, and performed live at over 1,000 venues worldwide, including visits as the guest cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum for nearly 20 years.

About WQED

WQED was an experiment in educational community-supported television that was the forerunner to PBS. Today, WQED is a multimedia powerhouse that is as much a part of Pittsburgh as the three rivers. WQED is WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; WQED PBS KIDS Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at; streaming and apps, and WQED Interactive (

WQED is a premier leader in education programming and resources ( Its Learning Neighborhood creates an education continuum serving early learners in the Ready to Learn program — to creating a pathway from education to employment through the WQED Steeltown Film Academy.


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