When we were in California over March Break, we had a chance to visit the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. Lily has been involved in a “quiet cartooning club” this school year and loves graphic / cartoon novels so I was glad we could include a visit to this gem of a museum.
This amazing mural is created by Yoshiteru Otani. It is composed of 3,588 ceramic tiles of cartoon strips published between 1956 to 1988. The cartoon tiles are placed in such a way that the dark cells compose the secondary football scene.
Below, you can see a close up of the tiles as found in the restrooms.
Schulz’s studio has been recreated, below:
Upstairs, is a large studio and educational centre. Children are encouraged to work on cartoon strips and this month’s project: cute dog house origami, pictured below.
Next to the museum is an ice rink “Snoopy’s Home Ice” (above right) and a well stocked gift shop. The shop stocks a number of interesting items from Japan and a fabulous selection of all things Peanuts-related, including t-shirts, fabric, banners, and even a sewing machine.
At the museum, I picked up this catalog from amp! comics “Teaching With Comics” (a guide for parents, teachers, and librarians). There are a number of new titles being released in 2015, including Woodstock: Master of Disguise in late April. In addition, the new Peanuts movie will be released in November 2015 (!)
It is a great museum to visit - especially if you are a Peanuts lover and/or a budding cartoonist.
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!