Wisconsin place-based murals are impressive

I love that the Shades of Green article mentioned last time is instigating dialogue with others interested in eco-art education – I’ve been hearing from people around the world who are doing wonderful eco-art projects in their own communities. One of these is Laurie Tenpas, an art educator and artist in Wisconsin who has been exploring place-based approaches in her community art projects. Here’s her description: “I have co-created two large scale community based murals on buildings downtown in our small town of Nekoosa, Wisconsin. One building is two stories tall and 50 feet long; the other is 70 feet long and 16 feet high. Both murals depict a sense of place – one with our community’s origins with the native Ho-Chunk Indian culture and the other with threatened or endangered native Wisconsin plants, birds, and insects, which includes life size paintings depicting community members. The murals are constructed of paintings and tiles made of stained glass, mirror and ceramic. (You can view some of the images at [www.tenpaswindsstudio.com] by going to the illustrator muralist link.) I love that someone else feels that education of our youth concerning our connections to the environment can be effectively taught through art!” Thanks for sharing your work Laurie – it’s inspiring to see these amazing works!

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