Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Exploring Culture through the Arts Mural

The finished mural.

This mural was a part of the 2007 Drexel Elementary School Arts Day Extravaganza held on March 15 in Tucson, AZ. The 5th annual event featured over 160 local artists, musicians and entertainers representing over 46 groups. The event provided interactive, multicultural and multi disciplinary arts experiences for the children at the school.

The organizers Lupe Pressey, Arts Day Coordinator and Lorena Escarcega Principle of Drexel Elementary hope the event will inspire children to “attend a play,shoot a video,compose a poem, dance, paint a picture,sing, attend a concert, beat a drum, or read a book about your favorite artist.”

The event is not only great for students it’s a model program for educators and community arts organizations. Principles from other schools attended and witnessed for themselves how the arts can transform and enrich a learning environment.

I designed this mural with the spirit of the school and place in mind. I included places for students to create things that fly, things that grow, patterns and the interior of windows. For this project I had four groups of kids work with me for 90 minutes. In this time they were asked to create drawings and then enlarge and transfer them onto the mural (a combination of on the wall and parachute cloth) with pencil. They then selected their paint from a pre set pallet of 91 colors created for the mural. The kids painted until the very last minute, they were so careful with the supplies,mixing colors and had the ability to express their ideas through drawing. Clearly this is a school with a fantastic art teacher!

Transfering Ideas to Parachute Cloth.

The next day Jodi and I came in and installed the parachute cloth pieces. I then spent several days I doing the touch ups and varnish.


Lorena Escarcega said...

The mural is absolutely beautiful. What a warm and inviting feeling the mural will convey to all who enter our school. Thanks for sharing your talent with our students.
Lorena Escarcega
Drexel Elementary Principal
Tucson, Arizona

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Isabel and sauveur