Cartoon Academy launches third season!

WQED Education Presents Third Season of award-winning

Digital Vignettes Cartoon Academy with Joe Wos

PITTSBURGH – WQED Education expands its offerings to students, parents and teachers with the third season of the innovative and fun digital series, Cartoon Academy with Joe Wos. This award-winning video series was created in collaboration with WQED Education and WQED Production to support the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s “Learning Neighborhoods” initiative.

In October 2022, Cartoon Academy was recognized with two regional Emmy® Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter in the categories of Education/Schools Short Form Content and Talent/Host.

Hosted by Pittsburgh-based cartoonist Joe Wos, each six-to-nine-minute episode will take viewers of all ages through the creative steps of drawing cartoon characters while sharing tips on developing skill, artistic terms, and educational facts about the characters. Season three focuses on the topics of Outer Space, Under the Sea and Dinosaurs. Learning resources, including lesson plans, extension activities and coloring sheets accompany each episode.

This new season will be released digitally throughout November, December and January on WQED’s YouTube channel and, with a television broadcast marathon on WQED-TV of all nine episodes of season three planned for Sunday, February 5, 2023, beginning at 12pm.

(New Episodes)

Outer Space
Episode 301
Lunar Friends

Travel along as we blast off to the moon and learn how to draw an astronaut and his friend. In this episode, Joe teaches us how to use our imagination in our drawings.
Digital Premiere: Monday, November 21, 2022

Episode 302
Alien Encounter

In this episode, Joe Wos draws us into a close encounter of the alien kind! Follow along as Joe utilizes a rocket, some spacecraft, and an interplanetary friend to demonstrate motion and movement. 

Digital Premiere: Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Episode 303

Passion for Planets

Join Joe as he shares his passion for drawing planets such as Saturn, Pluto and a few that have yet to be discovered!  Learn how to fill the cosmos with emotion by giving human traits to our neighboring planets.
Digital Premiere: Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Ocean Dwellers
Episode 304
Welcome to the Ocean Floor

Dive deep with Joe Wos by drawing an octopus, blobfish, and anglerfish. Learn about the importance of depth and dimension.

Digital Premiere: Monday, December 19, 2022

Episode 305
A Work of Aarght!
Joe immerses us in the world of pirates and sea monsters. He touches on the use of costumes, symbols, and texture as tools for bringing your drawings to life.
Digital Premiere: Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Episode 306
Can a Shark Have Friends?

With the help of a shark, seahorse, and crab, Joe Wos shows the importance of developing a personal drawing style. He also shares some of his early influences.
Digital Premiere: Wednesday, December 21, 2022

And coming in 2023…


Episode 307
T-Rex Territory

A ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex is drawn in a setting of trees and mountains, including an active volcano. Learn about foreground, middle ground, and background.
Digital Premiere Date: Monday, January 23, 2023

Episode 308
Try, Try, Triceratops

Go back to prehistoric times as Joe Wos draws an adult triceratops and her newly hatched baby. The lesson explores the use of shading and patterns in enhancing your drawings.
Digital Premiere Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Episode 309
Jurassic Pals
Joe Wos shows the importance of scale by drawing an Apatosaurus and Pterodactyl. Learn why composition is key when drawing these two dinosaurs.
Digital Premiere Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Noon – 12:30pm
Episode 301: Lunar Friends
Episode 302: Alien Encounter
Episode 303: Passion for Planets

12:30pm – 1pm
Episode 304: Welcome to the Ocean Floor
Episode 305: A Work of Aarght!
Episode 306: Can a Shark Have Friends?

1pm – 1:30pm
Episode 307: T-Rex Territory
Episode 308: Try, Try, Triceratops
Episode 309: Jurassic Pals

About Joe Wos

Joe Wos is an internationally syndicated cartoonist. 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 20 years. Awards and honors for Mr. Wos include two Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® Awards for Talent and Short Form Content.

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 onlinestreaming and apps, and WQED Interactive

WQED is a premier leader in broadcast and digital video production, producing socially relevant, historical, arts, entertainment and educational programming resources. WQED’s Learning Neighborhood model creates an education continuum dedicated to serving our youngest neighbors through Ready To Learn programming, while engaging high school students learning filmmaking and exploring employment opportunities through the WQED Film Academy.

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