We're Getting in On the Mural Mania Fun ... with Your Help!
My students need a visit from muralist Joe McKinney to inspire the artist in each of them.
Over the last month, we have watched our school transform before our very eyes with murals and we want to get in on the fun!
Our school is a Title I school with almost 100% of our kids living at the poverty level.
We do NOT let that define us! Instead, we have decided that knowledge is power and the more we learn, the more powerful we become! Although this is our mindset, many of my students still struggle with math and reading.
One barrier for several of my students is language. At a school where the majority of the students are Hispanic, we have to find creative ways to teach. There are a wide range of ability levels in my 5th grade classroom, from a 1st grade level, all the way to an 8th grade level. As you can imagine, this requires a variety of teaching techniques. My students WANT to learn but require an assortment of ways to reach their goals.
Our school is located in an impoverished community, where there is extremely limited art. Although students love art class in school, there are very few, if any murals in their neighborhoods. With this in mind, we strive to provide and accommodate students with everything they need and can imagine within our school. I believe, like Secretary Riley, that art education trains our country's youth to become productive, contributing and creative members of society.
This dream project will began by having students develop an essay entitled 'What Role Does Art Play in the World?' Students shared their compositions and collaboratively brainstormed various murals that they wish we could have in our school building. After being introduced to the renowned Joe McKinney, who is the most highly sought after muralist in the state of South Carolina, the ideas are leaping from the paper and are being painted on the walls!
Miller, Executive Director American Association of School Administrators said, "In the push for quality math, science, technical, humanities, and other programs, be sure that the arts are not ignored or pushed to one side. Provide your political support for the total curriculum. The arts enrich all of us!" Help us join in on the Mural Mania fun at our school!
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