|Middle Schoolers Team Up with Artist to Paint Surreal Ride for June 1 First Friday Artwalk|
Breakwater middle schoolers and international aerosol artist Tim Clorius have conspired to transform the everyday Breakwater School bus into a mobile work of art. After a May 22 public lecture on Street Art and the tradition of vehicle painting found throughout the world, students will collaborate with Clorius to prep the bus for painting. They will work on the piece in the Nason’s Corner schoolyard throughout the week. The transformed bus will have an “Opening” at the June 1 First Friday Artwalk in front of Reny’s on Congress Street in Portland. Students and the artist will be on hand with a performance art piece and give the public an opportunity to hop on the bus.
Inspired by visits to Portland’s vibrant contemporary art scene with art teacher Kelly McConnell, Breakwater middle schoolers sought her out to jazz up their school bus. “At that moment I knew we had to get Tim in here to talk to them about the project and life as a working artist” said McConnell. With this, the Artist-in-Residence idea was born.
Area art supplier Artists and Craftsman and Montana Cans have generously contributed paints for the project. The public is welcome to the May 22 lecture at 12:15 at Breakwater School, 856 Brighton Ave., Portland, and to view the ongoing work at the school throughout the week. The “Opening” will be at the June 1 First Friday Artwalk on Congress Street in front of Reny’s.