The Process of Creating the “Our School, Our Community” Mural 

By Dena Seiferling March 2009

My name is Dena Seiferling and I am a freelance Illustrator. I have been working as an illustrator for the past ten years and I continue to evolve with the experience of every new project. My illustration work is versatile, lending itself to editorial material, advertising, and children’s publications. My illustrative style is whimsical and playful, using bright and colourful palettes to create energy and depth. I work mostly with acrylic inks on watercolour paper, but the medium I use ranges depending on the project goal and guidelines.

In 2008 I worked with Rosscarrock School to create a mural. The mural communicates the identity of this school, outlining what makes it unique and special.

Some of these unique features include:

  • The multicultural, diverse population of students
  • The location of the school within Calgary - the neighbourhood of Rosscarrock
  • The community’s involvement in Rosscarrock School and the development of it’s goals
  • The recently constructed playground overlooking Calgary’s cityscape
  • The field trips taken on school buses
  • The atmosphere of positive growth and learning

I had the wonderful opportunity to involve the students in the mural making process. Each class, kindergarten to grade six, participated with me in a brainstorming session. We shared words and images that express the way they feel about their school, and why their school is special. The students then worked individually on their own message about Rosscarrock School, completing a final piece of artwork. These visions inspired me to create the initial concept sketches of the mural.

After finalizing the two-piece mural sketch, I used an overhead projector to transfer the drawings onto boards, mounted to their permanent locations in the school.

While painting the mural, the students were able to watch and participate in Q&A sessions. I appreciated the positive and constructive feedback given from the students and staff on a daily basis.

The completed mural is located in the front entrance of the school. The first image introduces ‘Rosscarrock School’ and incorporates the element of diversity.

The second image blends all of what makes the school special into a whole.

The colours are vibrant and express the positive energy that radiates from Rosscarrock School.

Our Mural

The Process of Creating the “Our School, Our Community” Mural 

By Dena Seiferling March 2009

My name is Dena Seiferling and I am a freelance Illustrator. I have been working as an illustrator for the past ten years and I continue to evolve with the experience of every new project. My illustration work is versatile, lending itself to editorial material, advertising, and children’s publications. My illustrative style is whimsical and playful, using bright and colourful palettes to create energy and depth. I work mostly with acrylic inks on watercolour paper, but the medium I use ranges depending on the project goal and guidelines.

In 2008 I worked with Rosscarrock School to create a mural. The mural communicates the identity of this school, outlining what makes it unique and special.

Some of these unique features include:

  • The multicultural, diverse population of students
  • The location of the school within Calgary - the neighbourhood of Rosscarrock
  • The community’s involvement in Rosscarrock School and the development of it’s goals
  • The recently constructed playground overlooking Calgary’s cityscape
  • The field trips taken on school buses
  • The atmosphere of positive growth and learning

I had the wonderful opportunity to involve the students in the mural making process. Each class, kindergarten to grade six, participated with me in a brainstorming session. We shared words and images that express the way they feel about their school, and why their school is special. The students then worked individually on their own message about Rosscarrock School, completing a final piece of artwork. These visions inspired me to create the initial concept sketches of the mural.

After finalizing the two-piece mural sketch, I used an overhead projector to transfer the drawings onto boards, mounted to their permanent locations in the school.

While painting the mural, the students were able to watch and participate in Q&A sessions. I appreciated the positive and constructive feedback given from the students and staff on a daily basis.

The completed mural is located in the front entrance of the school. The first image introduces ‘Rosscarrock School’ and incorporates the element of diversity.

The second image blends all of what makes the school special into a whole.

The colours are vibrant and express the positive energy that radiates from Rosscarrock School.

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