From our production studio in Tariffville, Connecticut, along with our freelance writing, illustration, and graphic design services, The Free Lunch Studios offers courses in drawing, writing, cartooning, and creating comic strips and comic books. From writing and penciling to inking and lettering, we here in the Free Lunch Dept are here to help you achieve your artistic ambitions! We also offer classes in character design, monster drawing, and other various medias.

FREE LUNCH STUDIOS is a place to test those skills, with special events like guest lectures, 24 Hour Comic Day and weekly Monday Night Jam sessions. If that was not enough, we have an extensive graphic novel/art reference library, plenty of work space and more. Call us at 1.860.305.6621
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Character Building
ne of the most exciting creative tasks in comic books, video games, or role play games is the process of character design! Whether it’s a clean cut space hero, a mysterious princess, a fuzzy sidekick or a beast from a forbidden forest, Matt will guide you through your creation. You will investigate gesture, posture, emotion, reference and detail each week in this four week course.  Pizza for lunch (before the afternoon class).
Matt Ryan
, Instructor
Limited to 8 students per class $125, 4 classes

Comic Book Storytelling
Create a finished comic strip or page in Comic Book Storytelling. This 4 week course for the student who has finished Cartoon Anatomy. Work from a script or create your own story to work from in this exciting class. Dealing with slice of life, slapstick humor, elements of horror or the most intense action, make all of your pages works of art. Free Lunch and drink served before or after this 2 hour class. Taught by Matt C Ryan

Limited to 8 students per class, 4 classes are $125

Comic Book Worlds
The perfect follow up to Cartoon Anatomy, Comic Book Worlds focuses on creating mood, environment, and detail to the storytelling process. The goal of this 4 week series is to take the ability of making characters, and place them into dramatic settings, convincing surroundings and exciting stories. Course will include the ever popular, "Free Lunch". Taught by Matt C Ryan

Limited to 8 students per class, 4 classes are $125

Cartoon Anatomy
Cartoon Anatomy is the basic 4 week course that will teach working lines and simple shapes, creating the foundation of character design, form, gesture, expression and a couple sneaky "tricks" we've learned along the way. Courses include our "Free Lunch" named after our comic company and studio. Taught by Matt C Ryan 

Limited to 8 students per class, 4 classes are $125

Mad Science Toons
Take Matt Ryan's newest cartooning class! Learn to draw using simple shapes and gestures and then create your own cute or creepy new creature! Creativity is encouraged in this class series! Perfect for you and your little ones who love to create strange creatures!

4 classes, 2 hour sessions, Free Lunch at the beginning/conclusion of each class (depending on time of class) Class is $125 per pair, (adult and child) ages 7 and up


Drawing and Painting for Teens
Take Matt Ryan's popular Friday class, Drawing and Painting for Teens! Come and develop skills in a relaxed atmosphere while working on individual projects. Components of drawing and painting will explore pencil, charcoal, watercolors and acrylic paint, working from photo reference and the imagination. Emphasis will be on creativity and individual expression. Experiment with a new medium, try something new! Best part is it works with your schedule! Miss a class, no big deal...

10 classes, 2 hour sessions, Fridays from 4 - 6:30pm.
Rolling enrollment! Running Fridays since September 11th 2009!
Class is $225, ages 13 and up

Mini Comic Workshop
Each workshop meets for 4 hours. Join Matt Ryan on this quest to create your own mini comics! Begin the journey with your story and work your way through character designs, layout and the page art! Includes the Pizza and is for all ages! All materials are included.

Limited to 8 students per class $30, one 4 hour class