August 1, 2013

Exquisite Corpse

I had a week long teen cartooning class at ACAD this summer. The students were a really silent and well behaved bunch. far more than I'm used too but I managed to pull them out of their shells and pulled off some very impressive work.

Hulkamania running wild! Here is a piece I whipped up before their eyes to show them the process and some inking techniques using pens, ink, brushes, copic and prismacolour markers.
This student explores colour on her final layout.
Here they are hanging their pieces for final critique.
It's a tradition I keep........ I like to do something special for the final class.  I did some good old fashioned home baking at midnight the night before our final class. I baked enough of my latest invention: Reese Peanut Butter Cup and Oreo cookie stuffed brownies, for my class, the teen class next door (I didn't want to leave our neighbors out) and the boys in AV, the commissionaires who do security for the college and of course the extended studies administrative staff. It is because of their hard work that my job as an instructor at ACAD is fulfilling.
After the final critique, we all played a drawing game together called Exquisite Corpse. This is a game developed by the surrealists where you fold some paper and each person draws a different section of a figure without knowing what the rest looks like. When you are done you unfold it to reveal the result of the "blind" collaboration. We did this very quick as the critique took longer than I anticipated (that's a good thing!)

Even I got in the game by starting this head then passing the folded paper to one of the students.
This one fits well together, we did these in less than half an hour. More time would have made these even sweeter!
 I love the school girl motif and severed head on this one.
 Hilarious chicken legs.
 This flying one had some real kismet.
 Another bird, but with squid like tentacles for legs, very creative!
I did the huge lizard feet on this crazy mish-mash. The exquisite Corpse is a really fun and creative drawing activity. I got to keep most of our creations since it is rather hard to split the difference between us all, but I did offer them to take anyone they liked.
Here are a few of my students hard at work, they were a great bunch and I hope they found new skills and new inspiration to carry with them as they grow through life. I look forward to teaching more summer camps like this one!
This quote covers my sentiments when I teach and inspire my students.


Anonymous said...

Hey Brian,

Do you do any musical works, or have any musical projects on the go?

BUNNY said...

Leon, thanks for the post and kicking some lame troll ass! It just so happens I love music, I'm working on a music video right now. I've dabbled playing some instruments, I have a banjo and Bass and some flutes and percussion, I love my kaossilator but though I've dabbled I wouldn't call myself a musician. How about you?