Young artists help make mural for Hope Elephants

Dec 17, 2013
Fifth-grader Corbin Farnham works on panel details with a skilled brush.

Rockland — Young artists participated in after-school programming at Rockland District Middle School to create six panels of a large-scale mural project.

The students completed this work as part of our Youth Artists in Action program, which seeks to connect youth with their community through arts and service.

The students were invited to engage their creative interpretation of themes such as Conservation Africa, African Ecology and Savanah & Forest Ecosystems. Their original art will find a permanent home at the Hope Elephants barn in Hope.

Students were guided in this mural project by co-directing Rockland After-School Alliance art instructors, Alexis Iammarino and Sarah Rogers. Students participated in the design, planning, preparation and painting of the mural panels.

“My favorite part was the patterns. I liked transferring the designs and painting those shapes. It was fun because it had a purpose; it was for something,” said seventh-grader Annie Willis in a news release. Fifth-grader Marshall Camber said of the experience: “It was awesome. My favorite part to paint was my waterfall, because waterfalls are epic, and an important part of the elephants’ environment. We worked really hard on it. We worked for four weeks, for four hours a week. That is 16 hours!”

This project, like all of Hope Elephants educational and outreach programs,  aims to raise awareness about wildlife conservation and the need to protect and preserve elephants.

“Hope Elephants is very excited for the mural project which has schools around Knox County working in groups to show different stories and information about elephants. The discussions and education about biology and the underlying conservation message are part of our core mission and we are excited to be stimulating the conversation in this unique way!” said Andrew Stewart, director of Hope Elephants.

Funding for the event was provided by a grant secured by RSU13 Adult & Community Education.

One of the six 4-by 8-foot panels created by students.
Student artists, from left, Instructor Alexis Iammarino, Corbin Farnham, John Comeau, Marshall Camber, Samuel Hoch, Chloe Dawson, Everett Allyn; Autumn Harvey, Katie Willis, Instructor Sarah Rogers Not pictured: Maisie Berard; Erin Corcoran; Isabella Marriner; Zachary Potter; Annie Willis.
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