Cracking Comics: Fundamentals of Cartooning



Cracking Comics: Fundamentals of Cartooning with Jillian Saner

March 18 – 19, 2023 | Saturday – Sunday

Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm | Sun: 9 am – 4 pm

Mediums: Pencil, Colored Pencil, Markers

Experience: All levels, including ages 13 and up

This workshop will be a two day course exploring all the necessary basics of cartooning. We will focus on creating solid characters, conveying emotion and movement both exaggerated and subtle, utilizing a sense of time and pacing in a story, and the art of lettering and speech bubbles. Students will then shift to combining all those skills to create a comic book of their own! We will explore layout, cover design, and book making, and each student will go home with their own zine. Join me for a workshop jam-packed with chuckles and good advice, whether you’re an aspiring cartoonist or just looking for a good time!

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • Masks inside our buildings are optional until further notice.

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Jillian Sander

Jillian Sander

Jillian Sander is a creature crafter based in Santa Fe, NM. You can usually find her gleefully hunched over her work, concocting some cartoonish stew of creepy and cute. She earned her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in comics and animation but partakes in many other mediums as well. Jillian is passionate about crafting stories that, though full of fantastical creatures and chuckle-worthy moments, express a deeper message and establish a connection that intertwines the characters of the cartoon universe with the people of our world.

Supplies List – 

Students should bring the following with them to the workshop:

  • Sketchbook,
  • 8.5×11 colorful and white cardstock,
  • 12 inch T-Square ruler,
  • pencils,
  • pens,
  • erasers,
  • colored pencils,
  • scissors,
  • gluestick,
  • a stapler

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $25 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before February 18, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after February 18, 2023.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.