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Bozeman Public Library Gets Creative With Rock Poster Design

I knew today would be a good day for rock when I woke up to a thunderstorm roaring at 7 in the morning.  It must have been a sign as there was a rock poster design class scheduled for this afternoon at the Bozeman Public Library. Tate Chamberlin of Chamberlin Productions put on a workshop for kids from the community to learn a bit of design and create their own rock posters.

Ten eager artists between the ages of 10 and 15 showed up to release their inner rocker, in poster form. They were assigned a very different approach than they probably would have imagined. Tate challenged them to make a poster for a musician by only using cut out construction paper. Each student put two musician names into a hat and they all randomly drew one name each. The supply list also included some bubble wrap and colored sand paper to really give the posters a rock “feel.”

It was great to see each student’s interpretation of what his/her artist’s poster should look like. Some students tried to replicate the CD album artwork they had seen before, others created a completely new design inspired by the genre of music itself. By the end of the two hour class the white board was full of newly created, freshly inspired rock art. Talking to Tate after the class Tate said, “It’s good to see and build appreciation for the art of rock,” as he explained why he enjoys teaching the class.



Rock Poster Class
Tate showing examples of rock posters
Tate Discussing The Posters
Rock Poster Class
The class discussing their posters
Rock Poster Class
Tate asking the students to explain each poster
Rock Poster Class
The final posters 

Rock Poster Class
Displaying their creations
Rock Poster Class
The students hard at work on their rock posters



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