Middle school students learn muralism from artist

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By The Staff

Through a $1,200 grant from the VSA Kentucky’s Art in Inclusion program, students in Angela Champion’s sixth and seventh grade art classes recently worked on murals under the instruction of artist Alfredo Escobar.
According to a press release from the middle school, Champion led students in the study of famous mural artist Diego Rivera by creating timelines and analyzing Rivera’s iconic murals and helped each class brainstorm and draft themed murals of its choice.
During his residency Feb. 5-8, artist Alfredo Escobar facilitated the creation of three murals and focused accommodating students with disabilities.
“Through transferring sketches to the mural, modeling correct painting techniques, and implementing the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, all students were able to complete the three murals that span 4 feet by 8 feet.  
The three themes were “Kentucky Proud,” “Mustang Pride,” and “Sports and Teamwork.” Each mural is permanently installed at the middle school, according to Champion.
“Through the team teaching of Mr. Escobar and Mrs. Champion, each student learned how muralism (using murals to send a message) can change society and represent ideas to a community,” according to the press release.
For more information, visit Alfredo Escobar’s website at alfredoescobar.com, the VSA at vsartsky.org, and Angela Champion’s teacher website at www.acschools.net/AngieChampion-ART.aspx.