Mural at Washington school
Art teacher Alicia Carradus stands by a newly installed mural hanging at the hallway crossroads in Washington Elementary School. The prior school year, the school began the creation of a mural with the theme, “Trojan Traits: We All Contribute to School Culture.” Wedged between a colorful sea of faces with protruding noses, the words: respectful, responsible, and safe span the width of the mural, echoing Washington’s PBIS core values. Every student from prekindergarten through fourth grade and staff member created a self-portrait on a circle-shaped clay slab tile. The tiles were bisque fired, glazed by students, and fired again to create a glossy sheen on the surface. A large piece of plywood serves as the base on which the rainbow of tiles, glass globs and mirrors are glued and grouted. The 48-by-55 inch artwork is framed in black.
A special thank you goes to Washington Elementary students and staff for the creation of the self-portrait tiles; Kim Funkhouser, Julie Hanshaw, Kiera Nelson, Suzy Nelson, Jamie Reifsteck, Madeline, Sloat, and Barb Thornton for placing and adhering the tiles; Kevin Hosbond for grouting; Bill Strickler for heavy lifting; James Elliot for accommodating classroom environmental needs; David Kraemer for tiles, tools and expertise; Principal Jeff Eeling for encouraging and supporting the project; Mark Eklund and the maintenance department for providing the structure, heavy lifting, and installing; the Parent Teacher Group for financial support; and anyone else who helped in the creation of the mural.