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This was Featured in the “Outsiders” group, and the “Superbly Visual” group. 2010
Featured in “Art With Meaning” group 5/3/14
Featured in “Artistic Feminine Paintings” group 2/22/15
Featured in “Live, Love, Dream” 8/9/16
Back in 1969, after returning from Viet Nam, I went back to Jamaica to help an innovative school in the center of the island with some master plan and building projects. To qualify for a ‘work permit’ the school convinced me I’d have to have a teaching job, and the art teacher position was open.
I stayed for two years, with four hundred kids a week trucking through my art room for their hour of instruction. Did I mention there was almost no money for any supplies, and only a few boxes of well used brushes, conte crayons and bits and pieces from past art teachers.
I convinced a paint company in Kingston to donate three fifty gallon drums of interior water base latex house paint and about ten quarts of different hues of pure colorant for mixing. Importantly this is water based, so it’d wash out of the uniforms if we caught it soon enough.
The bulk of the students were grade six through eight and a few older ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels, who I quickly convinced were to be ‘teacher aids’ (Teach what you want to learn.)
In the two years we taught mural design and accomplished putting up around the school over forty murals with an average size about six feet high by ten feet wide.
I also designed and supervised construction of a four level ‘community house’ with local workmen from the surrounding hills. I was very busy and this painting of one of the students is just one of the few I have left of my own work from that period.
It’s also painted with latex on Masonite board and is 22″ × 32″.
Need I add that the whole program was a huge experiment… particularly since I had no formal training in art or teaching… and just a little in architecture and construction… Ah, what the young can accomplish when they have no idea what’s going to be involved! Ha… ;-)))
Oh yes, when I visited the school in 2002 there was no evidence left of any murals, but two buildings I designed were still there.