June 3, 2011
Studio Art professor Danila Rumold has
partnered her “Community Art & Mural Painting Techniques” class with Bailey
Gatzer Elementary School to create a mural for the school’s playground. The
project complements the Seattle University Youth Initiative launched earlier
this year. The inauguration of the mural is scheduled for June 20
Before beginning, the students learned
more about the diverse student body at Bailey Gatzert in an effort to make sure
that mural represented the whole community."How do they identify
themselves? What do they want to be when they grow up?" These questions
were answered by Bailey Gatzert children who created pictures of their own to
inspire the SU students’ project.
"We found a lot of overlap in
the answers," said Rumold, "so we made lists of what professions they
want to be when they grow up and who their role models are." Students took
photos around the neighborhood and from these images created a collage that
became the blueprint for the mural.
The design's center is a dial with a
tree in the middle and rays stretching out across a backdrop of the city and neighborhood
skyline. Water waves on each side of the mural help create a border to
complement the real life cherry trees on either side of the installation site.
"The community needs to feel
involved," said Rumold. "Mural art makes community."
Bailey Gatzert students will have a
chance to participate in the painting. Rumold's class is carving wooden stamps of
cherry blossoms and Bailey Gatzert will personally apply the cherry blossom
stamps to the mural.
"We're hoping the stamping will
bring people into it," said Rumold. "Mural art makes community."
The College of Arts
and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle
University, offers 33 major and 37 minor degree programs
for undergraduates and 7 advanced degrees, including an BA in Visual Arts.
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