You guys! It's finished! I gotta say, I'm really proud of this one and the kids who painted it. My last couple posts were about the process of painting this - starting out with a group brainstorming and designing session, learning about mixing paint values - now it's done!
We had about 12 students working on this project every day after school for 11 days. Some kids came every day, some didn't. Teachers told me that the kids who were struggling in other ways, connected more to the project than with anything else having to do with their school that they've seen. It's a pattern that repeats itself over and over in my short history of being an art teacher - the kids who struggle socially and academically are often the kids who need and connect to arts experiences the most. It is SO important.
Not only that, but to give all kids the experience of accomplishment - of success in completing something and doing a nice job on it. Yesterday we had a big celebration for the kids to show off their work. There was a drawing for art supplies, snacks, and the whole staff and student body was invited, and many showed up to see the mural. I could see on the kids' faces that they were proud. Teachers are even planning a "gallery opening" evening event once the mural is installed on the wall, where the kids who were involved can invite friends and family. I'm excited to go to that, too.
Overall, this one was a really rewarding experience. I feel like the subject matter (honoring people who have dedicated their lives to fighting to help others in some way) was beautiful and the execution of the piece was beautiful as well. I like the fact that this mural will be a good teaching tool for the school's social studies teachers for years to come. Yay! I want to work with more high schoolers and do mooooore! Ok, now....picture storm!
|The whole thing: 4x16 feet|
|Susan B. Anthony|
|Martin Luther King Jr.|