Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mira Mesa High artwork part of Pentagon mosaic

A large mosaic now on display at the Pentagon includes work from students in Mira Mesa High art classes.

Pentagon mural Students in several of Sandra Bartels' and Justin Bartels' classes created the work honoring military personnel and it was accepted for the Project SNAP "Operation Grateful Nation."

The 5-foot by 9-foot mosaic contains more than 6,000 artworks and artists' statements. Its flagship program, The Community Mosaic Mural Program, captures the voices of thousands of individuals through their individual artwork, transforming those messages into a single big picture.

"The whole mural is comprised of 6,000 artworks and artist's statements reflecting on the importance of expressing gratitude to members of the military for their service," said Sandra. "It took the students about two weeks to create their art and started with discussions leading up to the project about their passions, themes, and how to appropriately express their feelings and appreciation in their art.

"Many Mira Mesa High students come from military families so this was a project that really hit home for the students."

The students are from Mira Mesa High's AP Studio Drawing, AP 2D Studio Art, Drawing and Painting,  Art, and photography classes.

This mosaic is now on display the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Bartels joined forces with Project SNAP (Share, Nurture, Act, Preserve) to represent San Diego in the “Operation Grateful Nation” mural.
Teacher Sandra Bartels,, can provide more information on the project; or visit the Project SNAP website.