Angell Elementary students design mural for fifth-grade legacy project

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published April 30, 2019

 The fourth and fifth graders of Angell Elementary had been hard at work since September on their mural, which will serve as the fifth graders’ legacy project for the school.

The fourth and fifth graders of Angell Elementary had been hard at work since September on their mural, which will serve as the fifth graders’ legacy project for the school.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 From left, art teacher Judy Garlock; fifth graders Paris Brigham, Kaiden Boedeker and Sofia Swiecki; and artist Laurie Eisenhardt pose with the mural that fifth graders and fourth graders constructed at Angell Elementary School.

From left, art teacher Judy Garlock; fifth graders Paris Brigham, Kaiden Boedeker and Sofia Swiecki; and artist Laurie Eisenhardt pose with the mural that fifth graders and fourth graders constructed at Angell Elementary School.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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BERKLEY — A new mural designed by the fourth and fifth graders of Angell Elementary School has been installed inside the school.

The mural, featuring a sun, the school and other scenes in clay, was constructed as a fifth-grade legacy project, with an assist from the fourth graders. In all, around 150 students helped design the mural, which was put together with the help of artist Laurie Eisenhardt.

“She’s been amazing,” art teacher Judy Garlock said. “She came in and talked to the kids. She took all of their ideas. They drew what they wanted on (the mural). She took them all back to her studio. She made this huge design.”

The theme of the mural is diversity, which came, Garlock said, after talking with the students about what makes their school special.

“(Diversity) was one of the things,” she said. “We’re very diverse and we’re very accepting of everybody, and we really like all of our differences. That’s why the sun in the middle has different shades on it too, and different faces.”

After the students drew what they wanted for the mural, they crafted clay pieces for it next. Eisenhardt then began installing each of the pieces on the mural.

Olivia Church was one of the many fifth graders who designed the mural. The 11-year-old, who worked on the swing design, said the final look of the mural came out really pretty.

“I was excited to do the clay because I love to work with clay,” she said. “It’s just really fun to create like that, so I was excited.”

The students began work on the mural in September, with Eisenhardt coming in to talk to the children about what they wanted to do. After that is when the students began preparing their drawings.

“From those drawings, that inspired me to take their images and create this piece,” she said.

Eisenhardt, an artist for more than 25 years, said it was fun working with the kids.

“It’s really fun for me to come into their world and their energy and just be around them,” she said. “It’s good to get out of your own comfort zone and your own world and just be someplace else.”

After more than seven months of work, the mural was installed at Angell. Garlock said the final piece looks “awesome.”

“It was a huge endeavor,” she said. “(The students) did clay every day for weeks. … We must have made 1,000 circles. Some of the teachers made circles too, because I wanted it to be a thing from a lot of people at the school.”

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