The Value of Cartooning

Cartooning is a simple artistic skill that blends character creation with self-expression whilst encouraging us to express our thoughts, feelings and opinions.

Cartoons often incorporate caricatures, symbolism, satire, and an understanding of the issues about which they reflect.

For emotional wellbeing cartooning provides the perfect creative outlet for questioning everyday issues, for reflecting circumstance and as a constructive tool for irreverence. They are advantageous for educating children and for conveying moral values.

Some of my favourite cartoon characters include Snoopy and the Peanuts gang, Garfield, Asterix, Claude by Alex T. Smith, Fred Basset, Polymoone, Buddha Doodles, The Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes. I delight in these characters and the way that they think about, connect with and share their views on life. From childhood through to adulthood I am entertained, educated and enriched by their familiarity.

Our recent Cartoon Workshop went by in a whizz of doodling delight! There were some absolutely fantastic creations from a negative energy clearer to a donut that spread the word on healthy eating to a friendship monster! We were delighted with the quality of the messages and the individual outcomes. Within the hour and a half we were able to celebrate two key values that enable wellbeing: resilience and confidence.

 

Benefits of Cartooning include:

Catching our attention

Enabling ideation

Acknowledging values

Inspiring critical thinking

Emphasising understanding

Character analysis

Appreciation of individual difference

Effective learning

Creative teaching

Cultivating self-expression

Developing an artistic mind

Powerful vocabulary

 

This wonderful wellbeing tool simply starts with a piece of paper, a pencil and an idea.