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Mural will present great works of art

posted: Tue, Apr 24th, 2018

Andrew Forrest and Morgan Kovach, below, work on the art department mural

The works of Van Gogh, Monet, Klimt, Seurat, and many more artists are coming to MOMS. Student interpretations of master works from every major art movement will be featured in a sprawling mural. About 50 feet long, the art history mural will go around doors, lockers, pillars, and showcases in the art department corridor.

The theme of the mural is "Art is the Universal Language."

“Art helps people from different races, religions, and cultures to come together,” said Melissa Silvestri, the art teacher who is spearheading the initiative. “And seeing artwork from different time periods and cultures helps you understand the world in which the artists were living.”

In addition to featuring iconic works from artists around the world, the mural will include words that describe the artistic process (e.g. creating, expressing, thinking, constructing, organizing, imagining) in a variety of different languages.

Seventh- and eighth-grade students in the gifted and talented art program are designing and painting the mural. They first researched artists that had a significant impact on the art world then designed sections of the mural with imagery representing the great masters. Ms. Silvestri blended the student designs into a cohesive final sketch. The walls were primed and the students have begun drawing the mural in pencil, a prelude for painting which will start in April.

The mural will also include two mosaic sections. The ceramic tiles will be created by art students in grades 6-8.

The mural should be completed in June.

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