Eighth graders at Louis M. Klein Middle School set out to create a large scale mural as part of their 8th Grade Art Elective class that would encompass many of the ideas and attributes of the IB learner while also learning about murals and the muralists who create them. They began with the initial premise that communication is a cycle of interpreting and representing ideas.
“We started the process for this large scale, collaborative work by gaining knowledge and understanding of murals and muralists,” said LMK art teacher Ashley Harvey. “We discovered that, due to the permanent and public nature of their work, muralists are risk-takers. Muralists manage practical challenges, such as being able to cover an expansive wall with conceptual challenges such as creating a work of art that can speak to an entire community.”
The concept for the LMK mural began with the “risk-taker” and expanded to include all 10 of the IB Learner Profile attributes. The 10 traits are :
“At the onset of this project, we brainstormed images that could visually represent the attributes of an IB learner,” said Ms. Harvey. “Individually, we created proposals and sketches for the mural which are displayed here. Although many mural proposals were full and complete ideas, we decided to combine multiple ideas into a single composition.”
The Louis M. Klein Middle School Artists are:
Mrs. Harvey Period 3 Artists
Mrs. Harvey Period 8 Artists
Mrs. Long Period 3 Artists