Seeking Inspiration from Tim Burton
By Julie Heuel
9th Grade Art Teacher
The 9th grade students have been analyzing and investigating the art of Tim Burton. Through this process, they have been able to experience his films, short stories and drawings. Students explored Burton’s content through multimedia, image analysis, and hands-on projects.
The freshmen then created their own Burton-inspired characters and creatures after coming to an understanding of Burton’s unique style. Students began this process by brainstorming and analyzing the characteristics of Burton’s work, and used this to influence their own artwork. After brainstorming, students worked to complete a watercolor and ink illustration of their character. Students then used newspaper, tape, wire, paper mache, cardboard, and acrylic paint to build a sculptural representation of their character. Lastly, students analyzed Tim Burton’s storytelling and ability to bring characters to life through various artistic means.
Students then explored the purpose and importance of the exhibition of artwork through a virtual tour of Tim Burton’s exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. After this exploration, students then created labels for their sculptures and illustrations. They worked collaboratively to curate an art exhibit of their own works. The students’ final creations will be displayed for the first two weeks of November in the Media Center.