Turning Japanese?

Sonshine House, Scholes Precinct, has launched Manga Art classes. Pictured are students Jordan Thomas, left and Andy Smith

Sonshine House, Scholes Precinct, has launched Manga Art classes. Pictured are students Jordan Thomas, left and Andy Smith

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A JAPANESE art culture is causing a stir in a Wigan community centre.

Art experts are holding Manga art classes for youngsters at Sunshine House, in Scholes precinct, and the craze is becoming so popular, that people are calling from across the North West to sign up.

Manga art is used in Japanese comic books and is often made into Japanese cartoons, or Anime, with fantasy themes.

The art in Manga has a very definite look, with the characters having large eyes and distinctive faces.

Barbara Nettleton, who runs the centre, said: “We appear to be the only place doing Manga drawing classes in the area.

“I have had calls from people living in Manchester and Liverpool who say there are no such classes anywhere that cater for young people.

“I didn’t realise just how popular these classes have become. There must be a gap somewhere and if we can fill it in Wigan, then that is great.”

Andy Smith, art teacher, said: “It is exciting and brings people together from all generations, as both children and adults are interested in it. It is not as intense as other art forms, as you can do Manga how you want.

“We would encourage people to ring up and book a place, as it is great fun and really popular.”

Manga classes are currently being held on Saturday mornings for youngsters aged between seven and 15.

That class is oversubscribed but organisers plan to hold a session for adults in the afternoon, from 2pm until 4pm. For more information call 515519.