with Bruce Van Patter 2009-2010 School Visits

My visit to Windsor Christian Academy

My visit was a short one, but very fun. We had a great time inventing stories, with many grades all together. I really enjoyed the spirit of the kids and the staff!

The assembly drawing

Check out these stories:

The four ingredients: an ant at the beach looking to grow hair up against a bald guy who wants to be a flying octopus

The story: I can't say that this story came together perfectly, but it has to do with an ant who wants a soft place to live, so he's rubbing a new kind of sunscreen that also grows hair on a bald guy at the beach. The bald guy wants to get rid of him, so he uses his pet octopus.

Okay, so the story didn't really make sense, and the guy's face is kind of lopsided (that happens sometimes because I draw from the one side), but it was fun to work all those crazy ingredients into a drawing!

The workshop stories

We started with this fun doodle of a guy yelling. From there, we brainstormed a wide range of ideas, but two themes seemed to come through: a pizza delivery guy and a bee-hunter.

So this guy is trying to rescue a girl he likes from the dangerous bees that live in a lone tree in a vast cornfield. She can't move without the bees coming after her.

He comes to the rescue, drawing off the bees and flinging pizzas to distract them while he races to save the girl!

Flinging pizza! -- talk about fast food!

Hey, Windsor kids, you have great ideas. And you know as well as anyone why you have creativity. It's a gift! Use the gift you've been given. Write stories. Draw pictures. Unleash your imaginations!

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I love random connections! Here's a page that will create random What If Questions to help you start stories!

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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!
Strange news is happening! Let my Headline Maker give you a really weird headline. Then write a story!

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