In the Public Eye... Flockworks' Mural making...It has been an exciting few months, bringing three large scale mural projects to completion. The murals each combined art & science, aiming to inspire and engage participants and viewers in the overall theme of the projects. Two projects undertaken with schools involved over 500 children in the hands on process. The end results reflect the creative energies of many, yet present an overall story and creative whole.
Dunbar School is the oldest public school in Sonoma County and serves about 250 children k-5. Surrounded by premier vineyards and tasting rooms, most children come from from families hard pressed by economic, language and cultural challenges. Principal Melanie Blake leads a dedicated staff and children are eager and enthusiastic learners.
|WATER! In Our Lives, Dunbar School, Sonoma|
Flockworks Artist Janet Self has been a visiting artist Dunbar School since since 2010 with one or more school wide creative projects each year.
This year, the focus was WATER! WATER! WATER... Exploring Water in Our Lives. Every child takes part in creating the whole with a process offering everyone a chance to make their special mark. This Mural was made possible with support from the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation.
|Water on the Farm, the Forest and Town...|
|Visit the Farmers Market in Town Square|
|Fire Truck Roars by|
|In the Dunbar School Garden|
|Diagram of the "Water Cycle" ... evaporation, condensation & on...|
|ENERGY OF MOTION... MENDOCINO K-8|
|ENERGY OF MOTION ...|
|TAG!! Mural Panel created on the Playground|
|Simple building, before.|
Our Mural entitled "Currents and Waves" was a collaboration by Artists Janet Self and Ariela Marshall. "Together, we spent a delightful month out on the new walking trail by the Noyo Center for Marine Science, transforming the simple bathroom into a celebration of the ocean." says Self.
The design wraps the entire building: the front explores the layers and depths of the oceans, while the back leaves the building partially exposed as though the wave is just crashing around the sides.
|Unfolding Materials and supplies became a |
daily ritual setting the tone of each day.
"Between daily walkers and visitors from all over the world, the energy of collaboration, and the changing beauty of the site itself, it was a glorious place for creating art."
Flockworks has begun a related project, creating Banners with children and youth that continue this celebrate of life in the ocean. They will become part of a large scale installation.
|Artist Ariela Marshall at day's end after clean up.|