Creating a Mural with Year 7 - 12 Students
Nuriootpa High School, Barossa Valley
15 x 2.8m
I created this program to work with student volunteers to produce this mural from the start of the ideation process to the finished mural.
I mentored 16 students to learn how to capture their values through symbolism in the classroom. This mural brings to life collaborative student driven ideas about their values as Nuri High School students following their motto 'Through adversity to the stars' and themes of kindness, respect, diversity, learning and unique opportunities growing up in the Barossa. This included taking 20 distinct ideas from their drawings. Many of these symbols had been drawn in different ways by several students. The blue gum and kookaburra wrapping around the corner at the centre illustrates the Peramangk, Ngadjuri and Kaurna peopple as the traditional custodians of the land. It's placement in the middle connects connects both sides of the mural as a symbol of the original word Nuriootpa is derived from; Nquraitpa, meaning 'a place of meaning.'
Then we painted it with 30+ student volunteers.
Watch this video to see it come together!