CANCELED | Developing Your Sketchbook (EPACENTER)

$350 members | $400 non-members
Fri, Jan 19–Mar 8, 2024 | 4:30–6:30pm
1950 Bay Rd
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Grades 9–12

Sketchbooks can be a very expressive form of artwork. While they physically contain our drawings, they may also contain ideas, stories, thoughts, and rough experiments that are very personal to us. During this six-week class, we will delve into how to keep a sketchbook and what it means to make it a portfolio piece.

This class is intended for students who are just getting into drawing and art, or those wishing to develop a sketchbook for art school application. Open to beginners and advanced artists.

Please note: This class takes place at EPACENTER (1950 Bay Rd, East Palo Alto, CA 94303).

On-Sale Information

Tickets to Developing Your Sketchbook at EPACENTER are available beginning Friday, December 22 at noon.

About Our Partnership with EPACENTER

The Walt Disney Family Museum is partnering with EPACENTER, a creative youth development organization in East Palo Alto, to further expand the museum’s animation and film instruction to youth across the Bay Area. EPACENTER offers culturally responsive instruction in the digital, visual, literary, and performing arts disciplines during the school day, after school, and during the summer. EPACENTER also engages youth in organizational decision-making and key leadership roles, and links youth to meaningful summer employment opportunities, colleges, and careers. Museum instructors will be leading both in-person and virtual classes for youth from EPACENTER’s state-of-the-art digital media lab.

Scholarship Information

To ensure that all students have the opportunity to attend animation classes with The Walt Disney Family Museum at EPACENTER, we are pleased to offer scholarships to qualifying families and students of all ages. How to apply: 

  • Send an email to with the subject line “EPACENTER Scholarship Information 2024” 

  • Include the student’s name and age, a parent/guardian’s name (if applicable), and the class name and dates 

  • Scholarship applications are due no later than Friday, January 12, 2024 at 11:59pm PST 

  • If you have any additional questions about scholarships, please email Travis Lacina, Director of Education, at 

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