Students in the Mural Class at Brooklyn High School will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their artistic talents and help to beautify their community by partnering with the City of Brooklyn and Sherwin-Williams to paint a mural on the wall located at the intersection of Ridge Road and Brookpark Road. The creative design process began at the start of the school year, as students were tasked with creating separate designs during remote learning. Upon return to in-person learning as part of the Hybrid Learning Format on September 28th, the class discussed and voted on key details of the forthcoming mural, including, background, color palette, font, and overall theme. Students then submitted an initial design featuring components of earlier drawings for review and feedback by the City of Brooklyn. The Mural class finished the final design during the week of October 12th and have resubmitted it for final approval. Introduced at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, the semester long Mural class was created and is taught by instructor Chris Kaspar. To date, students who have taken the class have created ten permanent murals along with a series of rotating bulletin boards that have been installed in various locations throughout the High School.
This exciting real-world learning opportunity is made possible through the support of several public, private, and non-profit entities. As an affiliated community with Keep America Beautiful and the related Keep Ohio Beautiful, both non-profits dedicated to improving and beautifying communities, the City of Brooklyn received the opportunity to partner with Sherwin-Williams on various beautification projects, including the forthcoming mural. Sherwin-Williams will be donating all paint to be used as well as fixing and priming the wall that will be transformed by the students’ artwork. The National Art Honor Society will be extending support and helping to finalize the details of the mural. The project start date has been rescheduled for Spring of 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic and weather concerns. Students will work with the City of Brooklyn and National Art Honor Society members to complete the mural once work begins.
The Brooklyn City Schools would like to thank the City of Brooklyn, Sherwin-Williams, and the National Art Honor Society for supporting this special opportunity for our students.