The Mural Class’s new mural in the north foyer has been completed, just in time for the end of the year and Graduation.
When Mr. Twilling asked me to teach a Mural Class for the Spring Semester, I immediately said “yes,” but I never expected to have so much fun, and I am incredibly proud of all the work of the students and of the end result. The class was organized in such a way that students learned how to come up with a concept for a mural, translated that idea into a concrete design, and then presented the design to a commission to determine whether to move forward with the project, exactly as happens with professional artists. The subject of the project was simple: “Herberger Young Scholars Academy 10 Year Anniversary.” The more complicated part was to create something that represented all of that:10 years of work and 10 years of people.
Creating a mural is nothing less than telling a story. We use colors and shapes to recall feelings and memories from the past to help create new emotions. Conversations around the ideas, designs and implementations were very deep and went to the core of the subject. Why was there a necessity for a school like Herberger Academy? What did the students find in Herberger Academy? What about the people of Herberger Academy? What I can say with certainty is that the end result is an honest representation of all of that. It is beautiful, and I’m sure it is going to be a conversation starter for many years to come, as it should be.