International aerosol artist Tim Clorius and students at the  Breakwater middle in Portland, Maine have conspired to transform two old school buses into works of art. Inspired by a lecture on street art and the tradition of vehicle painting found throughout the world, these young artists will collaborate with Clorius to prep the bus for painting.

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Having worked on this in the Nason’s Corner schoolyard throughout the week, they showcased these transformed buses at the June 1 First Friday Artwalk in front of Reny’s on Congress Street in Portland. The colorful new buses merge gold fish with lush flora to brighten the streets of Portland. 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.

Tim Clorius, whose work has been featured recently both at Portland’s Aucosisco Gallery and the University of Maine Farmington’s Art Gallery, was quick to invite the students to his Free Street studio to begin developing design ideas. “I am really interested in the kids knowing that making art and making a living from it is serious business that takes training and dedication,” Clorius said. “It’s about taking smart risks.”

Having young people participate in First Friday and bring their parents into Portland to see our vibrant creative economy is exciting,” added Jennifer Hutchins from Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance. “These kids are learning to be the stewards of Portland’s art scene.”

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