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Manga Animation Workshop

October 14, 2023 - October 15, 2023


Manga: Brief History & Animation Workshop

Get inspired, learn drawing techniques with others as we gather at Gresham Japanese Garden’s newly remodeled Kyoudou Center to celebrate the art of Manga and its rich cultural history in Japan and the impact it has had on today’s pop culture.
It is a two-day workshop from 9:00am – 4:00pm where people can learn about the History of Japanese Comics (from ancient scrolls and shadow puppets) to the dazzling evolution into mainstream Animation Cartoons (commonly called Anime).  All Saints students are more than welcome to attend.
They will do tons of hands-on art projects with drawing and animation:
  • Storytelling
  • Storyboarding
  • Comic Layout (juxtaposition and sequence)
  • Principles of Animations (timing, frames, etc)
  • Stop Motion


Day 1

9:00am – 10:00am
Doors open to the Kyoudou Center
Gather, share sketches with others

Overview of workshop and explanation of the art contest

Lecture: Brief history of manga

Noon – 1:30pm
Break for lunch in downtown Gresham

1:30pm – 4pm
Animation workshop part 1

There will be no homework.

Day 2

Much the same as Day 1.


Brian Gonzales is a professional artist specializing in commercial branding, graphic design, web development and marketing for consumer facing companies and brands around the world. He was born in the late seventies and proudly grew up in the eighties. He devoured entertainment, fashion, and products that defined my generation, and especially fell in love with the medium of comic books, science fiction, toys, and animation.

When he was in the 7th grade, his friends and him went to a local independent theater called Cinema 21 here in Portland, Oregon to watch the highly anticipated Japanese cyberpunk animation movie called Akira. His young eyes had never seen such a curation of mind melting art, speed, motion blurs, neons, intense emotion, and dark subject matter.

Akira is just one of many amazing Japanese animation titles commonly referred to as Manga or Anime (short for Japanese style Anim-ation).


October 14, 2023
October 15, 2023
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Brian Gonzales


Kyoudou Center
219 S. Main Avenue
Gresham, OR 97080
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(503) 502-7340


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