April 5, 2016
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On Saturday, June 11, After School Matters teens and alumni were joined by the Eric Solorio Academy High School (Gage Park) community to celebrate a mural, “Constellation,” created by teens in the Contemporary Painting Studio program at the school. The three-story mural was installed in the high school’s front lobby.
“Constellation” was created over four program sessions, with teens working from June 2014 through August 2015 to create the collaborative piece. The 50′ by 20′ mural is made of more than 200 individual paintings of stars. Eric Solorio Academy’s school symbol is a five-pointed police star, in honor of the school’s namesake — fallen police officer Eric Solorio. Teens painted with acrylic on natural wood.
Instructors James Jankowiak and Justin Clemons gave the teens creative direction and exposure to the history of “sacred geometry” in art. The program learned about a wide variety of stars in art, from Buddhist mandalas and Islamic temple art to contemporary artists including Sol Lewitt and Michelle Grabner. The program discussed using limitations to an artists’ advantage and expanded that thinking to their broader community.
Thank you to Tim Dashnaw, who engineered the final installation of the artwork, Principal Victor Itturalde for his support of the program and this project, and a huge thank you to instructors James Jankowiak and Justin Clemons for all the incredible work they do and their unwavering commitment to teens. Congratulations to each and every teen and alumn who worked on this amazing project!