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Welcome to the 2011-2012 Kane Mural Project!

Character Shapes Our Community” is a schoolwide project that resulted in a vibrant courtyard mural celebrating character education and positive school culture. This project was made possible by generous grant funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. All students at Kane School were involved with this project and had the opportunity to work with professional mural artist David Fichter. David is the artist who worked on the large interior mural in Kane School about 20 years ago, and we were very excited to work with him again. To preview his work, visit http://davidfichter.net/.

This Web page documents the progress of the project.
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Finished!

On June 7, 2012, students, staff, parents and community members joined together in Kane's courtyard to dedicate the mural that was a year in the making.
Painted!

Students put their final touches on the mural in early February. Next, Fichter will "fine tune" the images and begin the weatherization process so the mural can be mounted in Kane's exterior courtyard in the spring.
Young Artists

Each Kane student was able to put his/her special mark on the mural during the 30-minute art class sessions dedicated to completing the mural.
January-February 2012

Shown is the mural sketch by David Fichter, which integrates images created by the students and staff of Kane Elementary. Using a transparency projector, the sketch was transfered to boards on which the mural is being painted. The boards line the walls of the hallway outside the cafeteria. Student painting of the mural began January 24 and is scheduled for completion the second week in February. Each student has the opportunity to paint part of the mural. Once completed, the mural will be weatherized and prepared for mounting in Kane's courtyard in the spring.
December 2011

Students work on their original drawings for the mural.

December 2011

Over the next few weeks, students will submit original drawings based on these four core themes: Cooperation, Respect, Compassion, and Integrity. The artist then will compile the drawings into an overall design for the mural.

In January, students will begin to paint the mural, and it is scheduled to be completed sometime in the spring.

When complete, the mural will permanently enhance the exterior courtyard space with student-inspired and -created public art. The vibrant work will benefit the whole school community for years to come. Students will also learn the complex collaborative process of taking a creative idea through several stages to a completed piece that communicates to a broad public.

Shown at left is a photo of David Fichter's presentation to Kane students.
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Kane courtyard

Kane courtyard wall





Description of the project

The focus of the project is a large exterior wall in Kane’s courtyard space, which is being revitalized to host a variety of educational events and enrichment activities. We envision the space as a lively outdoor classroom and the mural then will not only make the space feel special and unique, but it also will serve as a visual reminder of what drives our school culture and keeps us united as a positive school community.

The theme of the mural will showcase the school’s focus on character education. Visual imagery will include our diverse student population working in harmony as responsible citizens. The mural will fully embrace universal values and ideals such as Compassion, Respect, Responsibility, Justice, Equality, and Citizenship.

We strive for this mural to illustrate how the character of our community is woven into everything we do here in the school. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” The mural will serve as a wonderful visual message for the entire school and community to view and enjoy. It will be a daily reminder that we are all a connected part of our community.

Mural artist David Fichter, in collaboration with art teacher Laura Douglas and MPS K-12 Art Coordinator Julie Baker, will work with art students from grades K-4 to conceptualize, draw and paint the large permanent mural. As an introduction to the project, the mural artist will do slide presentations about murals and their processes to art students. Students will then be asked to create drawings based on the theme and the artist will incorporate these into an overall design for the mural.

After the design is projected onto MDO panels, students in the upper grades will help to paint the mural in a central location in the school during art classes. The artist will provide additional painting time after school for any students, staff, and parents who wish to participate.

When the mural is finished and installed, we will have a public unveiling of the work during the school’s annual Spring art show.

Kane Elementary thanks the Massachusetts Cultural Council for the generous grant that made this mural project possible!



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