Highline College Art Classroom Mural

Highline College Art Classroom Mural


[Music] Murals are created by artists who represent the
community. The challenge is about mural too, to create this
piece where everybody can vision themselves or
their situation or whatever. It’s just a challenge to get everything in one
picture. For me, it’s the respect of the person that we’re
showing and to get the actual feel of the persons
background for what we’re supposed to be
doing. And we’re doing the best we can with what we
got and with our imaginations. The challenging part to this mural is for the
artist, is to combine the voices of a lot of people, especially when they are expecting to see them
in the picture. So that’s the hardest part. To me, it’s interpreting another students culture
then trying to put our view on it too. Just trying to represent what they wrote about in
their story. It was like what Jack Beckers said in his article,
that public art creates a dynamic exchange between the audience, the creators, and that
exchange in itself is a part of the art. Yes, absolutely, and this is so great, because
usually it’s the mural and then people who are
around it, who are going see it. But this had three components. So, it’s the students who were the beautiful,
where the idea came from, represent them, then the mural, and then whose going to come
into the classroom and see that mural, which
will be a variety of students. And that’s why, again, I get to relive the
experience, I get to unveil it every quarter, and
say, “Hey, here we go.” I’m talking about contrast, I’m talking about a
main idea, I’m talking about visual hierarchy, I’m talking about something receding so
something can be more important, and it’s all
about decision making. [Music] I’ve learned that many people have different
styles, that my class has some also, different variety of people from different
ethnicities and that also interacts with their
styles and how they do things. So, that’s something that I really learned and I
found a little bit appreciating. The mural reminds me of an essay, right, where
you have to have a focus so you can develope
the story. And if the mural had his culture, which we know
it has, Zen, Steven, Jay, Adrianna, Nasar, and
had little pieces of all of us, it might not have felt as focused, or as complete
a message. It might have felt more busy. Listening to her, I felt like the mural for them was
like an essay, where they thought “What is our
focued message and how can we develope it?” Right? And so as Olga was saying, the figure
which we’re thinking is he, might be meant the emotions of that is meant to
symbolize many of us, at some struggle in our life, then moving, then
high in the mountain graduation. [Drums playing] Last spring, at a faculty administrator reception,
I went up to Tracy, cuz I had this new textbook
and it had stuff about public art in it, and I said “Hey Tracy, maybe your students
could paint a mural and we could write about it.” And I think she misunderstood me in the most
wonderful way. She thought I meant my students would write
something and then the students would paint a
mural based on that, and I thought that’s an even better idea. I see my students walk in and they walk in the
door and they’re like “Whoa!” and it just sets the
tone. It’s like this is a magical place, this is a place,
this is an environment that honors who I am. It’s a remarkable work, when you think about it
as kind of our inner self, as an institution, and the way it reflects what we aspire to be, and
the way it embodies our values. It’s a pretty remarkable piece that connects the
ultimate in learning into expression. [Music]

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