Eagle Wing Mural

Eagle Wing Murals - Art Creates Community!

Created by third and fourth graders at Memorial Elementary School

Created by third and fourth graders at Memorial Elementary School

Created by all students at Johnson Elementary School

Created by all students at Johnson Elementary School

We are all individuals but together we can achieve great.
We are all individuals and play at our own rate.
We can use each other’s strengths,
And cover up each other’s weaknesses.
We are a community, but different people.
We will win together, lose together, and grow together.
We are a community,
A family of individuals.

- A Poem by Charlotte S., Memorial Student, 4th Grade


About the Artwork

The first project of the year at Memorial and Johnson School was creating an Eagle Wing Mural. As I work at two different schools, I have the opportunity to try different approaches to art projects. As an introduction, we discussed how art can create community—we are a family of individuals that together contribute to a creative whole.

At Memorial, students first painted using liquid watercolors, then drew their own designs on each feather with black and white pastels. At Johnson, students were given markers and crayons to add any images they liked. Images could be abstract, show their favorite activities, wherever imaginations soared.                                   

In art we celebrate individuality, confidence and cooperation. We learn together, try together, and create together.

Full disclosure: I have seen this project done by a plethora of art educators across the country, and each approach is unique. I love how the individuality of the students comes through. So thank you to the many artists and teachers (including but not limited to smArt art and Cassie Stephens) who inspired this endeavor.