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Character Design with Anna Totten


Effective Monday, October 4, the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Museum of Art will require studio program participants ages 13 and up to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 NAAT or PCR test result; test results must be within 72 hours of the event. Please plan to have one of these items in hand upon entry for Museum personnel.

Using the principles of design, students learn how to create their own characters. We start with the underlying foundation that influences form and gesture, then develop unique details that put the finishing touches on original characters. Characters can be human, animal, or other—the skills learned apply to all.

About the instructor

Raleigh resident Anna Totten is an illustrator, designer, and artist who believes visual communication is a powerful tool that helps us connect. She wants kids to feel seen and heard through her work. In murals and book illustrations, Totten represents characters in an approachable way. Exploring the full range of human emotions with limited color is her sweet spot. As a teaching artist, she uses stories and art to introduce big concepts to young audiences. In 2020 Raleigh Arts granted Totten Neighborhood Art Funds for interactive sidewalk murals. Make Your Mark encourages children to contribute to her art with provided chalk. Totten is a graduate of NC State’s College of Design and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.


Nov 20, 2021


11:00 AM - 3:00 PM


$72 Members, $80 Nonmembers


East Building, Studio 1

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(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm

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