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Mount Pleasant with tim bauer

Mount Pleasant students worked with illustrator and AIRS artist Tim Bauer. Tim and the students engaged in two main projects throughout the year.

The first project was based on creating an “exquisite corpse,” collaborative piece where each person contributes a drawing to a larger final image. Each student got one sheet of paper on which they were allowed to draw a world of their own, however and whatever that meant to them. The only rule was they had to use two marks that were on the left and right side of the paper that connects to the drawings next to them. Tim asked the students to hide their drawings from the others so that they wouldn’t influence each other. This forced them to think creatively on how to connect the lines on the side and to imagine what the final image will look like with all of the pictures lined up.

One of the finished "Exquisite Corpse" collaborative pieces.

Tim gave the students great deal of freedom with this project, so that they could let loose with what they wanted to draw. They were allowed to draw anything they wanted to express themselves and they were allowed to use a mix of materials.

Students and Tim working on lining up the individual works into the collective piece.

At first the students seem hesitant, but as they got more comfortable with sharing their ideas. Many of the students start to tell a story with their work. Some started seeing different ways of drawing, and viewing perspective from a 2D view to more of a 3D image. It was great seeing the students really explore their ideas and be given a space and freedom to put them out to the world.

Another finished "Exquisite Corpse" collaborative piece.

The second project that students worked on with Tim was making Terrariums.

For this project Tim gave the students a 10-sided die to roll. The number they rolled corresponded to a random feature for a monster that they would have to draw (such as: it must have horns, or a tail). After the students drew the monster out, he gave them all some Sculpey to create a 3D version of their drawing, which they also painted. They then decorated and made terrariums for all of the student’s creatures.

Students thinking up their creatures, then drawing, sculpting, and painting them!
Student work
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Student work

Tim wanted the students to use their creativity to deal with, and adjust to a random element to create their project. The students at first had some issues with what their creature would look like, most turned out to look similar to their friends…at first.

As they started to draw more creatures the students started to be more comfortable with their creativity and the creatures started taking on a life of their own. They started making stories for their creatures, and names, and some started making their families. It was great seeing the students starting to create their own worlds. They were seeing their imagination manifest in front of themselves.

They got to see that they have the capability of bringing their imagination to life.