What is it to be an outsider?
This was the question we asked Fifth Grade students at Summit Drive Elementary School. We tasked these children to read, illustrate and paint murals of several stories about racial, gender, financial and political/social inequality.
What you see on this page is entirely student driven work. They were lead through several drawing exercises from observation, taught painting techniques, color theory, composition, critique and of course mural painting!
BIG THANKS to TD Center for Arts Integration, Metropolitan Arts Council, SmartArts, Summit Elementary (for having me) and the amazing teachers and students of this awesome school.
These paintings live inside the Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home located in Rock Hill, SC. Each classroom was themed around a concept suggested by faculty that would help further the lessons given in each room.
“Legoland” is the elementary classroom, “Around the World” is the middle school classroom and The “US History” mural is located in the High School classroom.
This is my SmartArts Science unit with Stone Academy's 4th Grade Team. We worked on the life cylce of flowering and non-flowering plants, vertebrates and invertebrates. The images below are totally student driven and aside from transferring the image to the wall, all the paint is student work. Seriously amazing work.
“The world is but a canvas to the imagination” - Henry Davis Thoreau
This mural covers half of the front of Quest Leadership Academy. It’s intended purpose was to inspire the youth that attend this school to dream or quest for their dreams.
This was a unit I completed with Stone Academy’s K5 Team.
We focused our energy on the alphabet, numbers and colors. We used the Greenville Zoo and Falls Park to accomplish this.
There is a whole lot I ould say about this unit, but the fact that these kids are 5 years old should be enough.
Was invited to paint the Milky Way at East North Street Academy, it was a ton of fun (as you can see.) The planets were painted by staff and added post painting.
Would love to do more work like this, wink wink.
These murals were created with 7th Grade ELA at Greenville Middle Academy.
We focused our time together on Haiku’s. Since Haiku’s are about nature, we wrote poems about the 5 regions of South Carolina. Each student was responsible for writing their own poem, we critiqued them and chose the poem with the strongest visual elements. Then we worked together to illustrate them. The students took great care in developing these images and color palettes to match.
After the designs were completed, the students were lead through the transfer and process of completing large scale murals.