After the last few weeks at Walterville Elementary (see the flurry of posts before this one), I moved immediately on to my current school: Junction City High School. I am working with the kids in their after school program, to put together a mural about Civil Rights to be installed in time for their annual school celebration of Cesar Chavez, the Latino-American worker's rights advocate.
Facilitating teachers and I set up a time to meet with involved students to discuss their mural. The day of our meeting, the students were SO enthusiastic, creative, and ambitious! Exciting!
Here is the process I like to go through to help people figure out what they want out of a mural, and some images to start designing with. Here's how we did it:
What were they trying to say with all of this? I went into my little speech about how murals are a great way to teach others about something, say something publicly and tell a story through pictures. What did they want to tell current and future students about these people? They said the purpose would be as a reminder to fight for good things non-violently, a record/memorial piece for these people, and a teaching tool about who they were.
Once we got all the ideas on there, I asked the kids about how they wanted to organize all this information. The first thing they did, was get rid of Lincoln and Rosa Parks. They decided it was too much, and Lincoln wasn't really into non-violence. One girl had the idea to have protestors as a consistent element all the way across the mural, but changing according to whoever they were next to. For example, the protestors next to Chavez would be holding signs that said different things than the protestors next to Susan B. Anthony. Genius!! And of course, there would need to be portraits of all these people, with maybe the images that represented them behind their heads. So many good ideas. I went home and played around on Photoshop to combine their ideas into the sketch below: