Kid-Tooning Workshops

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Hi! I'm Mary

(For information on my CARTOONING CLASSES scroll below)

I started cartooning when I was just five.  I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and it was there that I received an art scholarship to the Milwaukee Art Museum in 3rd grade.  If I ever wanted to do something like go to party, or stay up late, I drew my mom a cartoon and that was a great to get her to say yes! Later in college, I became my school's cartoonist with a weekly cartoon strip at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. After college, I went on to do comedy and learn improvisation at The Second City, and it was there in Chicago that I sold my first cartoon to a local newspaper.  

I've gone on to make my living as an actor ( and now reside in Burbank, California, with my husband and our ten year old daughter.  A few years ago, my daughter's teacher asked if I would come in and teach the kids cartooning. ("Why would anyone think I am capable of that?" I thought).  I jumped in and found my way, and now cut to just a few years later, and I was just awarded a grant from The Burbank Arts For All Foundation to start up a new cartooning program for kids starting in the Fall of 2016. (Thank you, Mrs. Palmisano!) 

It seems my drawing ability mixed with my improv and performance skills, make for a nice combination teaching elementary aged kids.  I love being around them and I love their raw creativity.  

I also write and illustrate children's books, and my newest book "The Girl You Are" is on sale now (see the BOOKS page).  Here is me reading it:





How it Works

Basic Elements of Cartooning is a fun, high-energy drawing workshop taught by Mary Gallagher that gets your child drawing and cartooning in minutes!

Students typically range in age from 5 to 12. Classes are limited to 10 students to allow Mary to give each one individualized attention and guidance.

All supplies are provided; even the break is structured around a fun, interactive game. Mary's 10 year old daughter, Mia, assists with the class, and provides peer guidance for kids who need it. (Plus she just really loves drawing herself!)    

Basic Elements of Cartooning happens once a month on a Saturday morning. Please check my website for more upcoming classes as we head into summer.  For information on how I can also come teach in your classroom, home schooling program, or after-school program, please contact me at

*Please note: the kids are served snacks and drink. If your child has allergies or other special dietary needs, please let us know when signing up for a class.

"You are certainly the best cartoonist that I know because I know like 5 cartoonists."

— Jay (Age 6)