The Anime Art Museum offers a comprehensive curriculum for preserving, studying, and teaching the anime art form through classes specializing in the history, culture, and ideology of the art and the countries to which it has been disseminated. Since the museum first opened its doors, it has been providing dedicated anime arts learning to the community in the form of long-term classes or single-day workshops. Open to adult and youth participants, we offer anime arts learning opportunities to visitors and artists of any skill level, no prior experience necessary. We have hosted single visitors, friends, siblings, parents and children, and mentor-child participants.
ILLUSTRATION STUDIO: Our classes are handled in small groups (between 8-12 students) so that each student receives sufficient attention and help to see their work improve. The tables allow for a wide workspace where students can spread out and share their work with one another. The white board doubles as a screen for the projector to display on, while allowing instructors to make “on-screen” notes for the students. The Wacom drawing tablets give our students the freedom of natural, freehand illustrating while also familiarizing them with the equipment used in the professional digital arts field.
VIRTUAL CLASSROOM: Our instructors and tutors work with lectures and on screen demonstrations, encouraging face-to-face contact with the students and display of power points, videos, and images.
MARTIAL ARTS CLASSROOM: As a part of Learning through the Arts, the Museum recognizes when aspects of a country’s culture have become popularized through anime and considers these learning opportunities. One of the most common practices seen in anime is that of martial arts. The Museum offers comprehensive classes that honor and respect these practices. By combining physical demonstration with cultural learning, students are able to synchronize their study and appreciation for the source of and tangible implementation of that training. This is what distinguishes martial arts training at the Museum from other institutions.
COSPLAY & CRAFTERS STUDIO: Cosplay takes creative intuitive and meticulous craftsmanship and is practiced willingly and passionately by artists of all ages. A cosplay artist observes the unique details of 2-D characters and turns them into tangible creations. Such a vision merits a dedicated studio, materials, and experienced teachers to help nurture these talents.
GAMING SCHOLAR STUDIOS: Equipped with gaming computers, systems, and monitors, we cultivate the scholarly study of Japanese Role Play Games (RPGs). Students will analyze and discuss the role of these games in Japanese society, how they are represented in other countries, and what information can be garnered about their ideologies and interpretations of heroes under the guidance of an instructor.
In addition to offering educational programs within our facility, we have customized our materials to be available to schools, organizations, and academic institutions worldwide in the form of day-, week-, or month-long classes that can be modified to meet the needs of the organization.