Service Learning Project Fills School Halls with Celebration

Story posted May 12, 2008

A special service learning project more than a year in the making was dedicated Friday, May 9, 2008, at Woodside Elementary in Topsham.

In the spring of 2007, A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art Mark Wethli began a conversation with students at Woodside who were looking for an artful way to at once mark their school's 15th anniversary and enliven the building.

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Celebration

Wethli's Public Art class met with the fifth-graders to brainstorm ideas; each student was then expected to process what they'd heard and make a proposal.

In April of 2007, Wethli's class returned to present the proposals, on which the faculty, staff and fifth-grade students voted. The winning selection was a combination of similar proposals by Lindsey Bruett '07 and Lyndsey Colburn '07, but there wasn't enough time remaining in the semester to undertake the project.

This semester (Spring 2008), the new Public Art class took up the project, working on it from February until May, when the mural, titled Celebration, was completed. Lindsey Bruett and Lyndsey Colburn returned to refine their initial designs, with the added help of Jenna Breiter '09 and Joanna Sese '07.

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