“Find the Courage” Mural on Glass. ( VIDEO BELOW!)
For the inaugural year of Period X (I & E) at Orefield Middle School, a team of 60 students from Mrs. Cope and Mrs. Condly’s classes worked with Ms. Robbins to create the “FIND THE COURAGE” mural. The application of algebra, geometry, critical reading and thinking as well as vocabulary skills were essential to the completion of this exciting project. Once the students developed their idea, they free-hand sketched, edited, and photoshopped their rough draft which Mr. Iobst then printed on a special large format printer. This allowed students to paint each large image separately; therefore, giving them the freedom to spread out and paint expressively.
The students collaborated on the mural with the intent of inspiring each other and future students with the concept of “Finding the Courage, Kindness, and Compassion to Overcome Adversity.” Keeping OMS’s anti-bullying theme in mind, students sought to convey a positive message through their artwork.
Finally, the large paintings were scanned at Staples and individually photoshopped into its final rendition. Once the final image was complete, it was taken to Williams Signs in Allentown who very generously donated their materials and installation services for this 113in x 69in mural. The installed final product was a translucent opalescent film that was adhered on the glass window at the end of the sixth grade hallway on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
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MEANING BEHIND THE PAINTING
One of their major themes is the jaguar (which is our mascot) breaking out of the glass to reveal its true self. Students saw the shards of glass representing those sharp things in our life that sometimes cover us up, or in some cases prevent us from being all that we can.
The shards would be the bullying, negative comments, low self-esteem, shallowness, vanity, and the general fears that can permeate our world, if we let them.
The Jaguar is breaking out of a treacherous storm and comes across a smaller chameleon (one who is shy and perhaps lacking in self -esteem), who is hiding in amidst the buildings. He decides to help out a larger and more prominent chameleon. The students thought this was important to note that the smaller (and sometimes the one that may appear weaker) can sometimes be the one that starts the goodness to encourage others to turn a new leaf, or save someone’s day. The smaller one helps others who ironically might be the last ones who would appear to need help.
The owl is the observer who watches over everything. The buildings are vibrant geometric towers.
The bridges can be viewed as the many paths or choices students face and it is up to them to do what is right. The hex signs are Compassion, Kind, and Courage.
True Friendship starts with forgiveness.
Don’t let other people’s opinions of you define who you are.
You don’t have to be a superhero to be courageous.
Finding success means conquering your fears and failures.
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