The Saklan campus is getting a makeover! The old wall ball on the sports court is getting a fresh coat of paint that will catch everyone’s eye along the trail. The 5th-8th grade are currently working on brainstorming ideas with a powerful message and theme for the mural. They will draft drawn proposals to be given to the Art Teacher Ms. Natalie and Head of School Mr. O’Connell to decide which will ultimately become the final work of art. Once the artwork has been chosen, the whole school will help paint the mural.
A mural is any artwork that is painted on a wall. Looking back to the discovery of the Lascaux Cave paintings from the Paleolithic Era, the origin of murals provides us with knowledge that is still relevant of artists today. The inclination for artists to express themselves on any and all surfaces granted and available still exists. With muralists socially accepted and in high demand all over the world, I had to narrow down the history of murals I would teach the kids.
In the process of narrowing down content, Ms. Natalie chose Los Angeles (her hometown) and the Mission District of San Francisco. She grew up in awe of the scale and power these murals held in the City of Angels. The students will explore mural artists such as Judy Baca, Diego Rivera, the Oakland Mural Project, and community-based non-profit Precita Eyes Muralists in SF. These two regions of CA have a deep mural culture driven by social justice and providing space for people to tell the stories of history, not in the books. The painted walls provide much more than a pretty picture; they provide hope and power to the people.