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School walls come alive with color

By Jimmy Alford | Published Saturday, June 1, 2013

The art is really hitting the walls over at Bridgeport High School.

Art teacher Sherri Jones’ students have nearly completed a large-scale mosaic combining designs from several students into one piece.

ON THE WALL - On Friday, students in Bridgeport's Art II class and teacher Sherri Jones pose in front of a nearly-completed mosaic that is the product of several months of hard work. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

ON THE WALL – On Friday, students in Bridgeport’s Art II class and teacher Sherri Jones pose in front of a nearly-completed mosaic that is the product of several months of hard work. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Jones said the mosaic started back in March when she was looking for a team project that all the students could get behind.

Reagan Hurd, 17, said she is really proud that something she helped create will be a part of BHS for years to come.

“It’s something that hasn’t been done,” Hurd said. “We got to break and create tile, and it’s been a fun process.”

Hurd said Jones is planning to get a plaque with all the students’ names engraved on it, to hang next to the large mosaic they’ve been working on for four to five weeks.

That’s about 25 hours of work per student.

Jones said almost all the materials for the mosaic were donated by various businesses – including tile shops.

“I just drove down Texas 121 and stopped by some places and they gave me boxes of stuff they weren’t going to use,” Jones said. “We also re-fired some pieces to get exactly what we wanted.”

She said all of her art students submitted ideas, out of which she chose five main designs. A theme has emerged in the form of a path, running through the piece.

“We found inspiration from a Ralph Waldo Emerson saying, ‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,’” Jones said.

The imagery portrayed features ocean scenes, a giant stylized sun and a skiff skirting the waves beside a palm tree – all brightly-colored.

For information about the program and the mosaic artwork, email sjones@bridgeportisd.net.

LEAVING A MARK - Marcela Garza and Remi Lane grout the tiled mosaic Friday in Bridgeport. The project was designed and created by the art students. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

LEAVING A MARK – Marcela Garza and Remi Lane grout the tiled mosaic Friday in Bridgeport. The project was designed and created by the art students. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

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