David Brearley Middle School is housed on the second floor of David Brearley High School located in Kenilworth, NJ. Although they have their very own mascot, the middle school lacks identity. The Art Teacher, Janice Marsili decided to write an AIE grant to energize the Middle School 2nd floor with personality and distinction. “The whole idea was to create an identity for the middle school,” Marsili explained to Leslie Murray of the Cranford Chronicle.
Thanks to Ms. Marsili’s efforts – the grant funded an artist in residence from Arts Horizons, Julie Deery, middle school and high school students, and David Brearley teachers created a 68′ long mosaic mural to be the new face of the Middle School. The mural is “an artistic interpretation of the journey from childhood to young adulthood that student’s take as they move through the middle school,” said Murray.
Using a strategic artistic approach, the David Brearley community transformed what was just an upper level floor in a high school to an identity space of beautiful art. Using crash glass, tiles, fired ceramic and paint, an idea was bought to life. The project’s theme was based on Mahatma Gandhi quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world” and is also featured in the mural. The mural and its theme is a great way to inspire the students as they walk the hall each day.
We at Arts Horizons would like to congratulate the mural team at David Brearley on their creativity and teamwork in the mural completion. If you would like to read more about this project and its process, please click here for an article found on NJ.com written by Leslie Murray.