Classes begin August 17, 2020

August 17-May 28, following standard school district schedule of weekends and holidays.

Mondays – Fridays
LIVE from Houston Texas

10:00am – 10:50am Ages 6-8  “Mini-Marshmallows Genius Beginner Group!”

11:00am – 11:50am Ages 9- up “Intermediate/Advanced Turbo Talented Artists Group!”

12:00pm – 4:00 pm Rotating Featured Guest Artists throughout the month.  Days and times vary.  We will be posting our Monthly class schedule here beginning Aug 17.  Featured Guest Artists photos, biography’s, course titles and outlines, sample students art pieces are posted below.

Family Art Nights LIVE!
6:30pm-7:30pm Monday-Friday!
Family Workshop, ALL ages

Students may log-in to one or ALL sessions, once a week or EVERYDAY! That’s 44 hours a month of Award Winning expert visual art instruction by one of the world’s most famous Art Teachers! PLUS over 20 additional hours a month of inspiring Arts instruction from our roster of nationally acclaimed Artists and Art Teachers!

Emmy Award Winning Art Educator Mark Kistler has taught millions the JOY of drawing! He will teach and INSPIRE your family too!

Joining Mr. Mark are Award Winning Nationally Acclaimed Artists, and Art Educators, including:

Ed Heck
Pop Art

Joel Gori

Emily Albright
3-D Pop-Up Art

Jamie Hazelwood

Brandon Ray
Paper Cut Academy

Ryan Shaw
Cartoon University

Tim Decker
Animator, Puppetmaster

Thomas Cleveland
Mixed Media

Course Curriculum:
Over a million Mark Kistler How-To-Draw Books have sold worldwide. Mark Kistler’s Daily LIVE ZOOM Art Classes feature his books in the following sequence of instruction:

Your First 30-Days of Drawing!
Course book suggestion: “You Can Draw In 30-Days!”


Drawing In Perspective!
Course book suggestion: “Drawing In 3-D!”


The 99 Pencil Power Levels!
Download free PDF chart here.


“Hour Of Pencil Power!”
Download free PDF book index here.


Your first 199 Days Of Drawing!
Course book selection: “199 Days Of Drawing!”
Download free PDF book index here.


Drawing From YOUR Imagination!
Course book selection; “Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station!”


Amazon Prime Streaming: Emmy Award Season of “Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station!”


To The Moon and Mars and BEYOND!
NASA Team ARTemis Collaborates With Mark Kistler for this in depth behind the scenes series of drawing lessons.
YouTube/MarkKistler #NASA #DrawARTemis

The Never Ending Mural Of The Secret Cloud Civilization!

Enrollment Fee:
$199 per family per month.
SPECIAL 50% OFF discount for first 50 families!

School wide and District wide licenses available Please email info@markkistler.com

SPECIAL: 75% off with one time Annual enrollment! Normally $2400, now reduced to $600 enrollment fee for your entire family for over 100 hours a month of Award Winning Fine Arts Instruction. LIMITED TIME OFFER for first 25 families responding.

INTRODUCTORY OFFER: $199 for your first month!

What Supplies Will We Need?

I’m delighted your family is enrolling in my Fine Arts Academy!  I have so many wonderful lessons planned for you!

ART SUPPLIES: Basically paper, pencils, eraser, and a blending stomp.

Supplies your family will need to participate: I suggest a full set of each item listed below for each participating member of your family.

Paper, any paper will do, I suggest a spiral bound hardback sketchbook for each participant
Pro Art 8 1/2-Inch by 11-Inch Spiral Bound Sketch Book, 80-Sheet

Pencils, any pencils will do, I suggest an hb 9mm mechanical pencil.
PENTEL Sharp Mechanical Drafting Pencil, 0.9 mm, Yellow Barrel, 2/Pack (P209BP2K6)
Erasers, any eraser will do, I suggest a click eraser
Pentel Clic Retractable Eraser with Grip, 3 Pack

Dusting Brush, I suggest..

Stomp, I suggest..

Take a sneak peek at some of the drawing lessons that Mark may draw in your class!

Why: Because learning how to draw in 3-D builds important creative thinking skills, powerful problem solving skills, and a solid foundation for future art success (careers in children’s book illustration, digital 3-D game design, digital 2-D and 3-D animation). Many of Mark’s alumni students are successful digital game designers and animators with resume projects including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Bugs’ Life, Toy Story, Marvel Comics, Leapfrog Toys, etc.

Each session each day is different. Each hour students explore new adventures. These themes include:

  • The Revenge of Ninja Banana!
  • Xtreme Skateboarding Dinosaurs!
  • Fluffy Bunny Rabbits Playing DS-Nintendo!
  • Mermaids and Spitting Sharks!
  • Horses, Kittens, Tigers
  • Kittens, Bunnies and Robot Squirrels
  • Alien Creatures That Crawl
  • Koala Kingdom
  • Tree Root City
  • Underground Wormopolis
  • Mermaids and Sharks
  • Moon Base Alpha
  • Marching Mummies
  • Pyramids and Penguins of Ancient Egypt
  • Kangaroos and Crocodiles
  • Marshmallow Metropolis and the Adventures of Super Marshmallow
  • Fantastically Fabulous Fish
  • Jumbo Jellyfish’s Expedition
  • Outrageous Octopus and the Lost Treasure
  • King Arthur’s Camelot
  • Space Hamsters
  • Sharks that BURP!
  • Dynamic Drooling Dinosaurs
  • Radical Robots of Planet Pluto…(ooops, Dwarf rock in space Pluto)
  • Furry Fat Cats
  • Unicorns and Flying Trolls
  • Multi-eyed Monsters
  • Bugs that RULE!
  • Ants Wearing Pants
  • And many more!

On some days, Mark will feature the work of successful children’s book authors and illustrators, exploring unique drawing in 3-D styles such as:

  • Dr. Seuss
  • Michele Gagne (Odd Numbers)
  • Tedd Arnold (Parts)
  • Chris VanAlsburg (The Z Was Zapped and Polar Express)
  • Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Gary Larson (Far Side)
  • Suzy Spafford (Suzy’s Zoo)
  • Lynn Johnson (For Better of For Worse)
  • and many more.

With parents supervision and participation ALL students sign a “Virtual Learning Safety Pledge”. This pdf document is a printable family worksheet to be reviewed as a family and posted on your refrigerator or other common family space. This safety guide applies to all internet virtual learning programs. It covers proper polite respectful SAFE etiquette when using the text box, microphone, or camera.

STUDENTS HAVE THE OPTION TO MUTE CAMERA AND MICROPHONE AT ANYTIME. We have learned over our 11 weeks of 2020 Summer ZOOM Art Camps, that some families prefer not to have their children on camera at any time. This is perfectly acceptable. For families who choose to allow students camera and microphone access, know that Mark Kistler has conducted over 2,000 LIVE online Art Workshops over the last 10 years. He has been 100% successful in teaching in a very safe turbo family G-rated learning environment. Unlike LIVE YouTube, Facebook or Instagram, our ZOOM classes are 100% private exclusive access to enrolled families only.

WEEKLY Featured Artists!

Thursdays 1pm and 2pm

Emily Albright!

Emily Albright, Teacher, Illustrator, 3-D Paper Pop-up Art

My personal journey began with sketching as a child, then to working on graphic designs for T-shirts as a teen.  As an adult, I have designed and painted larger-than-life wall murals and now I am teaching art classes to the public.  I currently teach weekly live worldwide art classes online. www.ARTwithAlbright.com

For those in the Houston, Texas area, I get to have in-person interaction with my local events! I also create YouTube video lessons that can be found at Art with Albright and have an On-Demand video membership site www.KeepDrawing.com (which does not have the pesky paid advertising).

I reside in Houston, Texas and I am a homeschool mom of three. (2 graduated and 1 to go).  And a proud U.S. Marine Mom!  When not putting my latest art onto paper, I can be found “pumping iron” at the gym with my husband of over 20 years. My family is very committed to saving animals and you can find our house is always full of foster animals from our local animal shelter!  Beware, you just may see or hear a puppy in a live class!

Lesson Themes:
Pop Up Art
Fold Out Art
Cute Animals Character Illustration

MONTHLY Featured Super Duper Special Guest Artists!

Tim Decker!

Tim Decker – Animator, Puppetmaster – Hockey Coach

Tim Decker’s resume is a creative journey through worlds of wonder and adventure. He has worked as an animator/animation director for numerous well-known TV shows, Hollywood films and video games including:

– The Simpsons
– Alvin and the Chipmunks
– Steve Spielberg’s Knowledge Adventure
– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
– Disney Interactive

Now, he teaches the next generation of animators how to tell funny and fantastical stories with cartoons, claymation and puppets at two colleges in Milwaukee.

He fulfilled a lifetime professional goal when he created animation for some of Disney’s most beloved characters in the games created for the company from 1996 – 2003. “It was amazing,” said Tim, who began teaching in MATC’s Animation program shortly after its launch in 2005.

His students now reap the benefits of that extensive professional experience. They must meet class project production schedules and deadlines, like the industry demands. Tim’s teaching philosophy is simple. “My time with students is to open the door to imagination and creativity.” His students have wowed You-Tube viewers with “Little Shop of Horrors”.

Brandon Ray!

Brandon Ray – Paper Cut Animator/ Media Creator

B.Ray is a self-taught animator that likes cheese tasting, beard grooming, and pretending to be a musician. If you’d like, you can call him B. Ray (pronounced like, “Beehray”). That’s basically how he rolls.

Most recently animated the opening for the 2013 Only in Houston Awards honoring Alfred Cervantes of the Houston Film Commission. Before that, he animated a single sentence from Sam Pink’s novel “Rontel” for Electric Literature.

B. Ray has been doing a web series for the past couple years called Paper People Jokes (people send him jokes and he animates them with stop-motion construction paper). In fact, the series was a Shortlisted for the Vimeo Festival + Awards in both 2010 and 2012, which was pretty cool considering that there were 15,000 other entries it was competing with.

B. Ray’s animated works have been featured on Nickelodeon’s Channel Frederator three times, as well as numerous international film festivals and screenings. His animations have also been chosen as a Staff Pick by Vimeo on four different occasions.

In 2008, B. Ray met his childhood hero “Commander” Mark Kistler and had him make a guest appearance on a 5-part animated series.

Now, take a look at some actual 1-hour class session lesson paper cut animation movies!

Now, take a look at these ACTUAL STUDENT Paper Cut Animated Movies…YOU CAN LEARN TO DO THIS TOO!

Ed Heck – Pop Art

Fresh. Bold. Engaging. These words often come to mind upon viewing the artwork of Pop Artist Ed Heck. One is immediately disarmed by the naive charm of these brightly colored works on paper and canvas.

Ed Heck’s enigmatic canvases were first exhibited in New York City in 1999 and were an instant hit. The viewer response was overwhelming. Reactions ranged from surprised appreciation to pure delight.

Ed Heck’s artwork appeals to a varied audience, from fine art newcomers to serious collectors. His eclectic style combines animation-like subject matter with an evocative use of color. Coupling a wry sense of humor with generous doses of irony, his images lead us into a place uniquely Heck, filled with weird and wonderful characters, odd landscapes and quirky visual point of view, quite unlike anything else we’ve seen before. Welcome to the world of Ed Heck!

Thomas Cleveland – Mixed Media

Thomas Cleveland wanted be an artist since he was 5 years old. He, like most children, loved to draw. He just never stopped. His passion honed by persistence and training have rewarded him with numerous awards and a contract with the United States Mint as a Master Designer in it’s Artistic Infusion Program. He founded The Artist Within Studio School to share that passion with others who feel in them selves a drive to create. His nurturing and down to earth approach puts his students at ease in their quest. Thomas has learned that creating art is a journey to be enjoyed and traveled a lifetime.

Thomas was born in Hugo, Oklahoma and attended Texas A&M Commerce formerly ETSU. He launched his art career in Houston, TX in 1984. His client’s have included such household names as: Coca Cola, General Motors, Nickelodeon, McDonalds and more. He began teaching art in 1997 and founded The Artist Within Studio School in 2004.

Take a look at the some of the work by students of Thomas Cleveland:

Ryan Shaw-Cartoon University, Artist, Cartoonist, Children’s Book Illustrator, Graphic Designer

Practically ever since he was able to pick up a pencil, Ryan Shaw has been drawing. After many years of “cartooning” with pencil and paper as a hobby, and with the encouragement of friends and family, he decided to turn his love of drawing into his occupation. He worked hard to improve his skills, becoming a cartoonist, graphic designer, and published children’s book illustrator.

To date, Ryan has illustrated nine children’s books for 4RV Publishing and LongTale Publishing, and in 2009 won 1st place in the nationwide ABC’s Children’s Book Competition. From 2010 through 2014 he taught drawing and illustration techniques for kids in grades 2 through 8 at Creative Writing and Illustration Summer Camps for iWrite Literacy Organization.

It was through teaching at these camps that Ryan decided that he wanted to focus his talents more on inspiring kids directly to open up their creativity and imagination through drawing. In 2013, Ryan created Cartoon University (or “Cartoon U”) to help teach kids the building blocks of drawing cartoons through the use of shapes. With Cartoon U, he has created How to Draw books for kids of all ages that build upon this technique. Ryan is super excited to be a part this year’s group of art instructors for Mark Kistler’s Visual and Performing Fine Arts Camp!

Ryan is member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the non-profit iWrite Literacy Organization. He resides in Spring, TX with his wife Maddi and two dogs Sherlock and BeeGee.
The goal of Ryan’s lessons are:

* To inspire kids to expand their creativity and imagination through drawing.
* See for themselves the satisfaction in creating their own art, and cartoon characters
* Build their confidence to open doors to art, writing, and other activities they may have not thought were attainable.

Joel Gori, Actor/Director/Theater Arts Educator from Harrisburg PA

Joel co-Starred with “Commander Mark” Kistler in the 1985 65-episode Children’s PBS Television Series, The Secret City. Millions of viewers around the world know Joel as the 3 character roles he played “Cyndi The Dragon”, Zebtron The Robot”, and “MetaMan The Scientist”.

Joel Gori is a movement-theater artist. His solo shows for young audiences physicalize literature; emphasize the creative process and imagination. He has been a rostered artist with the Pennsylvania  Council on the Arts for more than 30 years and through this arts-in-education program has performed and conducted workshops for thousands of young audience

He is the artistic director of the Metamorphosis Performing Company which creates and tours interactive, issue-oriented programs to colleges, professional organizations and corporate America.  He has taught at the college level, preschool through high school and with senior citizens.

His Summer Fine Arts Camp CLASS:

Theater and the Actors Imagination 

In this class students will learn how to think like an actor and learn to work as an ensemble (team).  They will work on pantomime, improvisation,characterization and story drama. Young actors will learn to be confident in  their ideas and develop divergent and elaborative thinking. And have loads of fun doing it!

Jamie Hazelwood-Artist, Claymation, Graphic Designer

At the ripe ole age of 6, Jamie Hazelwood discovered a whole new world in animation and hasn’t left it since! From the classic hand drawn Disney films to the amazingly detailed recent stop motion films, inspiration has never stopped for Jamie!

Following his love of drawing and film, Jamie studied at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Art and Animation under the tutelage of Disney Animator Tim Decker. During his time at UWM, he specialized in stop motion and created the short “The Misadventures of Nigel and Reginald: The Necessity of Narcissism”, following the tales of two arrogant bumbling treasure hunters in search of fame and adventure.

Continuing his education in Animation, Jamie went to the Milwaukee Area Technical College to learn the craft of 3D Animation and helped create the short “Bradley Acting Badly” which takes place all inside a mischievous character’s head! Upon his graduation, he was awarded the Lamp of Knowledge trophy, given to one student who best represents the program through hard work and dedication handpicked by the department professors. Jamie is very excited to be included in this years group of “Superstar” arts educators at Mark Kistler’s Fine Arts Camp this year! He has a billion brilliant claymation ideas to share with this years campers!

What Parents Are  Saying About Mr. Marks ZOOM Art Classes!

“Mark makes art fun and easy!  His skill as a ZOOM Art Instructor is FANTASTIC!  The passion he has shines through in every lesson.  He is enthusiastic and funny, and teaches art concepts effortlessly, in a way that kids (and parents!👍) can understand and immediately apply to their own art!  I highly, highly recommend his ZOOM Art classes! All three of my children participated in his summer camp, and loved every minute!“.

P.S.  Amorelle says she loves how you drew her with her long hair, and also to remind you that she is not AmorellE, but that Amorelle rhymes with ISABELLE.

Also…, I think it will be a very long time before anyone in our house can say hair without someone else yelling HAIR!!!!  😂😂

Love it, blessings on you guys, and thanks again! ”

– Beth-Anna Van Dellen, 2020 Summer Camp, Week 8

“Mr. Mark taught me to draw first during ‘The Secret City’ PBS Children’s art series in the 1980’s.  Fast forward to these last 7 weeks of Summer Art camp, and I’ve been able to re-learn everything from my past and propel myself into the future all while breaking through the worst art block I had ever had. Mr. Mark pours his passion into every class, and before you know it, all four hours of the camp day are over, but what do you want to do after? Draw MORE, of course! These classes are amazing, and well worth the financial investment. It’s fun for the entire family! Try it, you will have an amazing creative time!”

– Mellodi P

Northern California

“Like so many others my age, my first love for drawing and the arts started with Commander Mark’s Secret City. He was (and is) my hero! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that 35 years later, my kids would be getting live interactive lessons with him!!! Mark’s online summer camp was the BEST art camp experience my kids have ever had, and honestly, it’s the best online classroom experience I’ve ever witnessed. It was so well organized, and every single one of the talented teachers made sure to engage the kids, and shared so much of their wonderful talents with them. My kids cried when camp ended because they’d loved the experience so much. And now, I have a room full of the amazing artwork they created. It was such an amazing experience- I can’t recommend it enough. We’ll definitely be participating in your NEW Online Fine Arts Academy! We will be bringing more friends and family with us!!!”

“Myself and my two boys have been on Mark Kistler’s Zoom Art Lessons this whole week. I came across Mark’s work through his Draw in 30 days book during the COVID 19 lockdown here in Scotland. This book literally changed my life. I didn’t think I could draw before this but boy did Mark prove me wrong. He is right if you can draw your name you can draw in 3D. After completing the book, I searched for Marks YouTube channel and came across his hour of pencil power. My sons joined me on taking part in this daily activity. It became part of our lock down routine but also part of our escape from the worries around us. When the opportunity to participate in the summer camps came up, we were so excited and signed up straight away. We had been looking forward to being on for weeks and we were not disappointed. My sons and I drew and laughed at Marks stories, sitting side by side at our kitchen table. What a great way to reconnect and have fun with your children I promise you that. I am also a teacher and Mark’s ability is second to none, he copes with everything so seamlessly and really make you feel part of a really wonderful child friendly experience. I for one love being “Emma from Scotland”. We have loved drawing with Captain Mark, so much so we have signed up for his Fine Arts Academy! Suddenly winter in Scotland doesn’t really feel like it will be a problem or long this year. All we will need are our pencils and paper and our imaginations. Thank you Mark we love drawing with you, it changed our lives! We will never forget our year of drawing in 2020. We would recommend Mark and his drawing to everyone. Emma, John and Jacob from Scotland.”

Thanks Emma

Our 13-year old absolutely loved the ZOOM drawing lessons! Mark is a brilliant combination of cheerful energy and skillful direction. Each drawing is 10-15 minutes, which is perfect for building art abilities while keeping the attention of busy young minds. The family sessions were a delightful bonus; I surprised myself at what I could draw!
—Kara Mash, Sugar Land