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Mural Project completed by Washington Middle School and Armory Center for the Arts

Posted by Calvin Phelps on 7 July 2012

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The Armory is excited to announce that current 7th and 8th graders at Washington Middle School in association with Armory Teaching Artists recently completed the design and execution of a large wall mosaic using Venetian glass, installed in the main entrance of the school. This is the second Armory-led large-scale public art project completed at the school in the 2011-2012 school year.

Students worked on the mural with artist José Antonio Aguirre to study public art, with an emphasis on elements of art and principals of design, environment and placement, scale and proportion, form and content, use of materials and expressive qualities. Together, they successfully designed a work that expresses the cultural identity of their generation and community. The mural was unveiled in a ceremony on June 6, 2012. José Antonio Aguirre (born in Mexico City) has studied and lived in the United States since 1976. He obtained a visual arts degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in1982, and a Master of Fine Arts at California Institute of the Arts in 1990. Aguirre has designed and fabricated over 35 permanent works of public art for civic art programs, educational and private developer’s projects in Southern California, Chicago and Mexico.

To view more images of the mural and our other public art projects at Washingtom Middle Scholl, please view this Flickr page.

Arts Education at Washington Middle School is made possible in part by

Surdna Foundation
JPMorgan Chase
Sony Pictures Entertainment
California Arts Council
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Pasadena Human Services Education Endowment
Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission
City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division