Boulevard students create school mural for Art Day

Boulevard students recently had an opportunity to collaborate with a local artist on a school project during Art Day. View more Boulevard Art Day photos on Facebook

Student places her hand print with blue paint on the dragon mural at Boulevard Elementary SchoolArt teacher Lisa Beerle enlisted the creative talent of Nicolina Schonfarber, a young artist who grew up in the area, to help students create a mural for the school after learning of her work with Gloversville’s new artist-in-residence program.

“I had those four large boards and wanted to do a mural but wasn’t sure how to get all the kids to help,” Beerle said. “When I contacted Nicolina and found out she was doing a mural project in town, I thought it was a great tie in and a way to beautify and unite the school.”

A student uses a small paint brush to touch up an area of the mural at Boulevard Elementary SchoolThroughout the day, grades 3-5 students painted the mural, which consists of four panels that feature the school name and mascots – a husky and a dragon – and created collages. The mural will be installed in the third grade wing, while the collage will be located near the school’s main office. Fifth-graders also worked on a short book called “Gloversville Reimagined” based loosely on the Mad Lib word games where students filled in words or phrases to describe Gloversville, and then draw a picture to accompany it.

A student shares her drawing with the artist Nicolina Schonfarber who is smilingBoulevard’s annual Art Day offers students an opportunity to learn about different forms of art and work with a variety of local artists. Beerle has organized Art Day at the school for the past five years.

Read more about Gloversville Artist in Residence program and the work of artist Nicolina Schonfarber in the Fulton County Express.

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