Mural Painting: The Art of Self Expression

 In Ocean Academy

By: Claire Boren/Artist & Holocaust Survivor & Mr. Hayden/Art Teacher 

I spoke at Ocean Academy last year about my Holocaust experience and my art. The students were very receptive and participated until the end of the day. This year we spoke about ideas for an outdoor mural, discussing how they could express their feelings and thoughts through art, using color and words.Several students incorporated the Ocean Academy initials in the mural, which shows their deep connection to the school. I was very impressed by how they handled the whole project. It was obvious to me that all the teachers knew the individual students how to deal with each one. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and working with the students and faculty at Ocean Academy.

The Mural took on characteristics of a number of genres of art. A broad, energetic brushstroke recalls the work of abstract expressionists. The inclusion of words and symbols was reminiscent of graffiti artists. Some students took more illustrative route in adding detailed drawings to the piece. The young artists utilized a selection of bold water based paints. Students were given a chance to approach this artwork however they pleased. The students relished in the opportunity to put their own personal stamp on such an expansive piece. The artwork that was created is bright and full of energy. The diversity of Ocean Academy is certainly evident through the mural.

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  • Rob Austin
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    Claire Boren is a true inspiration for many reasons. It was great watching the shed turn into the colorful artistic creation that is has become. A hearty shout out to all the OA students who worked on it!!

  • ricky
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    It was great watching the shed turn into the colorful artistic creation!

  • James Dolan
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    I love it when Claire comes to inspire us. We should always work hard!

  • Noah Horton
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    I loved doing the mural. it was a fun project.

  • krystal
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    Claire Boren is such a nice lady. She inspires so many people and kids, I really enjoyed her lessons and speech on her art.

  • Tierney
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    This was so awesome.It turned out great.

  • Carlos Gomez
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    I thought this project was a very good project. I liked that we got to be artistic. 🙂

  • Dylan Dagner
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    I had a lot of fun helping paint the mural. It was great to see Claire again.

  • Michael Sambucini, Jr
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    I wasn’t here to do the Mural, but I have to admit the shed looks amazing. I am happy to hear that so many people were inspired and had fun!!

  • Zachary Syanovitz
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    This is well worded. I think it covered everything

  • james dobias
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    I was there to do the mural it was fun and I want to do it again. Claire was fun she let us do what we wanted on the shed and I really enjoyed it.

  • Anthony Chase
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    I enjoyed painting the mural. I never really liked art but I have to admit that painting the mural very fun.

  • Elijah Spikes
    Reply

    I missed everything. You all out there painting and I was home sleeping.

  • you thought
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    Very nice project, well planned and well done. The way the colors mix up is just amazing!

  • Mr. Goldberg
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    I loved this project! It turned out so well! Everyone worked very well and it was awesome how everyone’s different ideas came together for one piece of artwork.

  • bethanie
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    Claire always inspires me every time she comes. I loved working on this project with everyone!

  • Cynthia Teller
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    I liked the idea of this project and it was fun.

  • Zachary C
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    It’s interesting to see all of the school progressively working on the shed. I think it looks a lot better than it used to.

  • damien
    Reply

    Good job guys on the art work on the shed! Thanks for posting this!

  • nick lasacco
    Reply

    Art!!

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