Marvin Pauls is a local artist and recently retired Hellgate High School Art teacher. Marvin taught Art at Hellgate High School starting in 1992 and retired this year.
Marvin studied Architecture and Art in college and has a lot of stories to share about his 29 years of teaching students at Hellgate High School. Marvin took the time to sit down with us last week and tell us how teaching, art, and students have changed over the years. Almost 3 decades of experience, we think he has seen a lot.
Marvin spent his time as a teacher encouraging students to think outside the box, to take risks with their art and to try to see things in a different way. He has a certain way of nurturing students' growth through art. He encouraged students to carry sketch books for honing and exploring their ideas and abilities..."art by accident" is a phrase used by Marvin, meaning you never know where your art will go. He taught his students about the blurry lines of what art actually is. He engaged with his students and introduced different ideas and mediums into their art.
Marvin has been loved by his students for decades. One particular class raised enough money to buy Marvin a ticket to go to the Parliment Funk concert at the Adams center. They took a jar labeled "Send Mr. Pauls to Parliment Funk" around school and got donations to buy him a ticket. If that doesn't say it all!
At Frame of Mind we have really enjoyed working with Mr. Pauls and hosting art shows in our gallery for the Hellgate High School art students.