Award winning TC art teacher Alan Jim's art mural enrichment project

Tuba City Junior High school students work collaboratively to design and create a mural encouraging reading, promote cultural pride, healing and positive interaction between students and adults (Photo by Byron Poocha).

Tuba City Junior High school students work collaboratively to design and create a mural encouraging reading, promote cultural pride, healing and positive interaction between students and adults (Photo by Byron Poocha).

TUBA CITY-Alan Jim, member of the Navajo Nation and award winning art teacher for TC Junior High, is taking his eighth grade art students to a higher level of color theory and visual art enrichment in tackling two large paneled murals that will be up for public viewing by the end of December.

Approximately 33 of Jim's students will complete two separate murals at the TC Junior High building. One mural will be in the library and the other in the counseling offices.

The original request for these murals came from Evelyn Kiiyaani, TCJHS librarian and Dennis Badonie, TCJHS cultural counselor for school area wall art that would encourage reading, promote cultural pride, healing and positive interaction between students and adults.

Jim is able to utilize math strengthening skills in his mural projects, because wall art subject material needs to be measured, sized to scale and appropriate dimension.

Jim also has the students respond to oral critiques of art theory, appreciation of self, and real world application, by responding to a "art client's request" for such a large wall project.

He also feels that these kind of mural projects build fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, promotes heightened levels of art competency while discreetly building camaraderie, young interpersonal and team work skills.

Art teacher Alan Jim, "This is my student's final 3D project for this semester. They are incorporating all that they have learned in the art classroom prior to this big project. I think everyone will be happy and surprised with the final end result."

To see the final student art projects, make arrangements for viewing after the Christmas holiday break at TC Junior High by calling the front office, at 928-283-1055.

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