Center for Global Studies Interior Mural
The Principal of Dillard Drive Magnet Elementary wanted to refresh the school’s interior space. This project aimed to showcase the school’s magnet theme of being a Center for Global Studies and better reflect the diverse student population. The murals are used to welcome people into the space with friendly energy. They also serve as a launching point to share how the school uses its magnet theme in education.
The project started with sketches of students engaging in activities that felt current and embraced the diversity of learning opportunities the school embraces.
The color palette used the school’s logo as a starting point yet pushed the possibilities with hue and saturation. Once the palette felt good to the team, the primary colors were elevated, and the remaining colors were delegated to supporting roles. Representation matters. It was crucial the palette both complimented and contrasted a range of skin tones.
Once the color palette was established, I explored how the color would work with the line art.
The type was both hand-lettered and utilized a font with a hand-drawn quality to express enthusiasm and the imperfect nature of growth.
Make Your Mark | RaleighArts
Raleigh Arts sought ideas to bring art into neighborhoods throughout the city. I wanted to encourage the community to engage with art and invite viewers to become the artist.
Each installation is like a life-sized coloring book on the sidewalk. Empty areas encourage people to draw over and fill in the lines. The result is a more colorful artwork that transforms with each artist. The murals renew with rain showers allowing continued engagement overtime.
A small supply house at each mural enables anyone interact with it. In 2021, the newest installations feature bilingual English-Spanish signage. Visit a Make Your Mark installation.
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photos by Teresa Moore