SPFHS Global Mural ExchangeDaniela Davidzon, a Spanish teacher at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, initiated a global project with Instituto Blaise Pascale, a school in Oaxaca, Mexico that involved the exchange of murals that students in each school painted showcasing cultural elements of each area. To bring this ambitious project to fruition, Ms. Davidzon's Spanish classes brainstormed cultural themes to include in the mural, and students in Jeff Gutterman's studio art class created and drew the images onto the 5' by 10' mural. Students in both groups then came together to begin painting the images. The art students applied their creative talents to finish the product. To add excitement to this unique venture, two teachers and three students from Oaxaca visited SPFHS on March 30th, to conduct the mural exchange in person.
Upon arrival in Oaxaca, our mural will be exhibited in the Museo de Pintores Oaxaquenos (Museum of Oaxacan Painters) in the center of the city between April 21st and May 8th. It will then tour several other galleries in the state of Oaxaca before being permanently housed by Instituto Blaise Pascale.The tapete pictured to the left was a gift from the students in Oaxaca. The rug was hand-made by a family in Teotitlan del Valde, a small town near Oaxaca. All the dyes are natural, and the weaving took about two weeks of full-time work. The picture is of the "tree of life," a very important symbol of life and culture in Mexico.