Placeworks projects Blue Jay Pride
August 11, 2016
It was a festive atmosphere Aug. 10 at Clever High School where a new mural, completed over the summer by art students under the guidance of Placeworks Teaching Artist Lillian Fitzpatrick, was unveiled to students, administrators and parents of the rural Christian County district.
The mural was the result of a summer-long effort by art teacher Mark Schmidt's students, which included lessons in 3D ceramics, plaster and paper work, and translating 2D shapes into 3D forms. Students also had the opportunity to "Raku fire" ceramic pieces. Enameled copper was another element incorporated into the mural.
"The installation is mixed-media, with mosaic techniques
used mainly as a method of visually and physically joining the individual parts
into six larger panels which also aides in hanging the piece. ... Many of [the students] found that they enjoy
working with clay or metal. We used clay, plaster, and metal to create the
individual pieces. With the exception of some broken dishes and mirrored pieces,
all the forms were created by the students.