By SAMANTHA OLMOS
BOYLE HEIGHTS — The cheerful theme music from a 1960s-era Merrie Melodies film plays, and small children begin dancing to the joyful rhythms. As the cartoon continues, however, some children suddenly shout, “Pause!”
A picture of Daffy Duck is projected on the screen while an instructor gives the 30 children blank sheets of paper, markers and paintbrushes. Meanwhile, artist Monica Martinez begins to draw the character step-by-step on a whiteboard at the front of the room.
“Cartoons and Cereal,” led by Slanguage Studio, an artists’ collective, is held one Saturday a month at Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory. The course reflects one of the Conservatory’s key values: teaching marketable skills to young people.
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