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Tim Oliphant (Mr.Ollie)

Contact Name: Tim Oliphant


1098 Cochran Lane
Lewisburg, Tennessee 37091
United States
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Phone: (931) 359-5956

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Mr. Ollie, aka Tim Oliphant, was born in Nashville, TN in 1961. He took is first art class in the fifth grade and found he had a knack for drawing. After that, he and his parents moved to Lewisburg, TN where he had no art in schools from 6th grade to the 12th grade, so he was mostly self taught. After attending a small art school in Franklin, TN he then began in 1983 freelancing his cartoons and illustrations to newspapers, ad agencies,and magazines in Nashville and throughout Tennessee. Since then his work has appeared in state, regional, and national magazines and agencies. Mr. Ollie’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in such publications as The Saturday Evening Post, Woman’s World, American Legion, Boy’s Life, Highlights for Children, Cobblestone, Odyssey, Appleseeds, Dig, and many others. Beginning in 1987 Mr. Ollie started his work with teachers and students throughout Tennessee as a “teaching artist”. As he became more known for his work in schools, he worked with schools through artist rosters in St. Louis, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, and Virginia. Mr. Ollie has received a School Bell Award from the Tennessee Education Association for his editorial cartooning work on educational issues. He was also named Outstanding Artist in Residence by The Tennessee Arts Commission. Mr. Ollie is a long time member of the National Cartoonists Society and he lives on his 12 acre farm with Abby, his dog, in Lewisburg, TN.

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Program Title: Story Illustration with Mr. Ollie

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

This program combines the words with the illustrations. Mr. Ollie will demonstrate, and have the students participate, with real world techniques and applications of how illustrators create their drawings to marry them with the text. Students will learn that the writing process is just like the drawing: brainstorming, rough drafts, revising, publishing draft, etc. These steps will show the students how to construct the drawings, but also how to arrange an illustration, much how story books and magazine illustrations are done.

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Program Title: Cartooning With Mr. Ollie

Program Type: Arts Integration, Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

First of all, this is NOT a class on drawing famous cartoon characters. Basically, this is a drawing class with art and drawing fundamentals. The word “cartooning” just makes this program more understandable for students and teachers. For instance, instead of drawing a REAL duck, we will draw it as a cartoon. This program will stress how art of all kinds ties in to the school lessons. From math, geometry, literary, language arts, art, history and we’ll draw our subjects based on the basic shapes. This program stresses creativity and imagination. See program guide for more details.

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Program Title: Greetings from Mr. Ollie

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

This program is all about communication. Communicating an idea, a thought, and putting that in the form of a greeting card. This program will utilize the educational curriculum where writing is concerned. Mr. Ollie will explain how to come up with basic simple ideas in the form of a greeting card. The process of brainstorm ideas, rough drafts, revisions, and on to the final copy. For upper grades instructions will be given as to how to actually have the students produce their own greeting cards. These would be great for school fund raisers.

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