The Visual Arts Department at Berlin MS/HS embarked on a 10’ x 25’ collaborative hallway mural in their Art, Music, Technology wing in September of 2017. The now completed piece is a composition of imagery, highlighting all of the content areas taught in the hallway. It was designed, drawn and painted by 70 students of varying ages, as well as refined and finished by MS/HS Art Educator, Mrs. Samantha Colbert. Photography transfers were added by Mrs. Wallace’s Media Arts classes of 2018-2019.
Berlin High School offers a plethora of Visual Art, Music and Technology elective courses for students, as well as several extracurricular opportunities like Art Club, National Art Honor Society, Olympics of the Visual Arts, Yearbook Committee, Drama Club, All County, NYSSMA, Tri-M National Music Honor Society and InvenTeam, among others depending on the year.
Even though Mathematics and Science are not explicitly taught in the wing, Math and Science imagery are also incorporated into the mural, as they are integral to all subject areas. It is truly a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) mural celebrating 21st century skills in education.
STEAM education engages students in rigorous, in-depth, typically student-directed study, requiring students to reflect on their own learning experiences. It addresses reading, writing, and other fundamental skills within all subject areas, while enhancing critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving and creativity. STEAM enables students to apply content and skills to their daily lives, cultivates multiple intelligences and students’ individual learning styles and increases many students’ motivation to do the work and learn.
Stop in and visit Berlin MS/HS to view the piece, as well as read a full explanation hung nearby describing all of the references painted within it, as well as all students’ names who contributed to its creation.