Carlisle High School Students Learn Art of Compromise by Painting Unity Mural | Education


Logistics was an issue early on due to COVID-19. The students were in a two-day blended learning cycle in the classroom, three days at home. But Gogoj took the time to speak to the members of the National Art Honor Society who made up the A and B teams. At that time, Bowman and Dolan were juniors while Catherine Davis, Danielle Fevola and Madison Tack were seniors with the 2021 class.

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In the spring, a window had opened in the schedule where teams took turns to visit Carlisle Police Station. Work began when the three elderly people glued a six-foot square to one of the interior walls.

From there, students in the upper class went old-fashioned when they used an overhead projector and transparency to trace the design of both hands on the wall. They then blocked the flag elements when applying the base coat.

Bowman and Dolan were part of a team who added details as the mural progressed. They used a dry brush technique to add texture and age to Old Glory. The finished product impressed Police Chief Taro Landis who drew a comparison between today’s headline conflicts and the struggles of generations past on Thursday.

“What is happening right now has rocked our country,” the veteran Marine told Rotarians. “Critical race theory … masks or no masks … if you look at the American flag, it’s worn. It’s been through something. We’re worn out. We’ve been through things. We’ve been through things before. That. The flag embodies the strength … that bond that we have as Americans. We can bring that together … Don’t look at our differences, but look at our similarities. “


Norma A. Roth