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Re: [teacherartexchange] Murals


From: NANCY WALKUP (nwalkup_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jun 13 2005 - 06:56:49 PDT

Pam: I'm back from Shreveport but very tired and behind. Have you sent in
the NAEA proposals? Can you let me know the title and abstract of the one on
writing for publication?


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From: "Pam" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2005 12:23 PM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Murals

> I have been working with a master muralist (William Cochran) in Maryland
> his ideas go a bit beyond the ordinary. William creates participatory
> art and his ideas involve asking lots of questions prior to the creation
> the artwork.
> William begins his artwork with conversations. The first major
> involved thousands of people who contributed their thoughts about "What is
> community." These ideas were then developed into symbols that were
> into a mural---a trompe l'oeil bridge.
> A new artwork and conversations are now underway. This artwork has to do
> with dreams and dreaming. The conversations include questions about "What
> you dream" or "What were your ancestor's dreams?"
> Perhaps rather than having a pre-conceived notion of a student-made
> content, you might devise a few questions for the students to contemplate.
> school district in the DC area is thinking about a student-produced mural
> (high school artists) and they are looking into William's process. Their
> topic is crossroads and they will be thinking about how their community is
> crossroad or how they are at a crossroad.
> Two of my energetic and bright pre-service students are also working with
> William and his wife to develop units of study for posting to his
> In the meantime, you might peruse the sites for some ideas that go a step
> beyond mural painting.
> From sunny Sedona,
> Pam
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> Northern Arizona University
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