Over 300 pieces of art coming together for one big mural at Roosevelt Elementary

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — Students and staff at Roosevelt Elementary School started their end of the year collaborative art project Monday.

For the fifth year, art teacher Baily Gula picked a contemporary artist to inspire the all-school art project. Over 300 individual pieces will be created based on muralist Chris Uphues, who is known for his colorful, pop-art hearts with fun backgrounds. Gula told News 18 this is a way to introduce artists who are still alive and creating, while getting the whole school involved.

“It helps the kids realize that they can work collaboratively,” Gula said. “That they’re just one small part in a bigger project, and when they put all of their things together, they’re all unique, but it all goes together to make one big whole, kind of like a school body is anyway.”

After all individual heart blocks are finished, Gula will put them together as one big mural for Roosevelt’s all-school art show in May.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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