Each teacher at the South Shore Charter Public School teaches their content area (middle school Math in my case) and also teaches a project. The projects are service learning-based, meaning the students learn skills necessary to fulfill a need of the local or greater community. This year, my art project was asked if we would like to create a mural for the back wall of the school library with the theme "Celebrating Diversity". My project students were enthused, and we embarked on a series of design discussions, division into teams, design sessions followed by group critique to refine their ideas. The space measures 6 x 6 feet. We decided to create the mural on canvas rather than the wall itself in case the library was ever reconfigured. Our discussions resulted in a decision to show religious, racial, cultural, and global diversity. The students arranged themselves into teams, and began working. They chose a globe as the unifying element in the center of the mural. What did they learn?
Giving and receiving constructive criticism, scaling up, color mixing, perspective, vibrating color within a value range, teamwork, among other things.
This is the finished product. The students are thrilled with their effort, as they should be. The mural was assigned a new home behind the front desk in the entryway of the school where it is seen every day as the students enter. See our process photos below.
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|Adding hand prints to racial diversity quadrant|
|painting flesh tones|
|global and gender diversity|
|scaling up the racial diversity quadrant|
|measuring where the central globe will fit|