with Bruce Van Patter 2010-2011 School Drawings

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Art in the moment!

There's something almost magical about having a drawing flow out of an audience's imagination. When kids suggest the key ingredients, all I have to do is find the thread that ties them together.

All the drawings below were created in front of live audiences. I do a simple version in the assembly or workshop, then add the detail later. Watch my videos below to see how they take shape in the moment.

See drawings from past years:







Watch me in action! The first is from an assembly, the second a workshop.

During lunch and after school, I put the finishing details on so that when I leave these behind in the school, they're something the kids can continue to be excited about.

See more videos!

DEW Middle School (5th & 6th grades), Coraopolis, PA

For most school audiences, I draw on a large sheet of paper.

But for some larger audiences, I create the drawing on my laptop and have it projected on the screen so that everyone can see it while it takes shape.

All my workshop drawings start with a doodle that kids help me turn into a character. We then brainstorm about the character before building a story.

Forest Grove Elementary, Coraopolis, PA

Freemansburg Elementary, Freemansburg, PA

Hamlin Elementary, Hamlin, PA

Lake School, Lake Ariel, PA

Cedar Hill School, Basking Ridge, NJ

Theunis Dey Elementary, Wayne, NJ

Woodside School, River Vale, NJ

Roberge Elementary, River Vale, NJ

Green Ridge Elementary, Mechanicsburg, PA

Edison Elementary, Erie, PA

Emerson-Gridley Elem., Erie, PA

Woodland School, Morristown, NJ

Rheems Elementary, Rheems, PA

High Bridge Elementary, High Bridge, NJ

Cable Elementary, San Antonio, TX

Westwood Terrace Elementary, San Antonio, TX

Steubing Elementary, San Antonio, TX

South Mountain Elem., Dillsburg, PA

Aronimink Elementary, Drexel Hill, PA

Burnet Hill Elementary, Livingston, NJ

Glenwood School, Short Hills, NJ

Hehnly Elementary School, Clark, NJ

Mill Road Elementary, Elizabethtown, PA

Fairview Elementary, Elizabethtown, PA

East High Elementary, Elizabethtown, PA

Bainbridge Elementary, Bainbridge, PA

Bullock School, Montclair, NJ

Old York School, Branchburg, NJ

Brookfield Elementary, Chantilly, VA

East Hanover Elementary, Grantville, PA

Westfield Elementary, Westfield, PA

Pennell Elementary, Aston, PA

Bell Avenue School, Yeadon, PA
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Pick the ingredients to stories and click through to see how I've started them. Then you finish the story!

Make a character out of some funny people I've drawn for you!
Let my headline maker create a headlline for your next story!
click on the images to go to the writing activities