If you have ever driven under the train track overpass at Old Hickory and Highway 100, less than a 10th of a mile from the school, then you know how disappointing it is to see graffiti tagging right in the neighborhood. Art Teacher Cati Blitz and her studio art students are taking some initiative to help beautify this area of Nashville.
In the Fall of 2010 (after the flood) students from Ensworth, Hillwood and Nashville Christian met to collaborate on the designing of a mural to hang on the overpass. Designs were to incorporate historical and contemporary aspects of the Bellevue community, including Edwin Warner Park. The mural is painted on a parachute type industrial fabric, which is then adhered and waterproofed on the concrete. Since this is a service project students paint for 8 hours each service learning day. They mix their own colors from the basic primaries plus black and white.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our art students to learn to paint large – a very different process from a painting project on canvas. This is very close to large set design and painting techniques used in theater productions,” said Ms. Blitz.
Check out these wonderful pictures of the mural and our Art Studio students hard at work at www.facebook.com/ensworthschool