TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The Caldwell Arts Academy Advanced Drawing Class is getting a chance to participate in the downtown Art Alley project.
The students get to paint several murals, one of them is showcasing what they call a diverse community in Tyler of different drawings of people with different genders, race, and artistic style as well as a mural of different drawing designs. The opportunity to make a mural for the city was something that Molly Johnson never dreamed of when she came to Caldwell this year.
“I never thought I was ever going to be doing a mural because I always loved painting, but I never thought that I could go as a school as a community and paint a piece of art together,” said Johnson.
This is built into their curriculum, so they had to study famous muralists as well as go through the process of designing their mural, pitching the city on their design, and getting approval from the city. The goal is to give these young artists experience as well as allowing them to showcase their work too.
“I want it to be a very real world experience for them so they had to go through all the steps that an adult artist would go through in submitting their designs, getting feedback, adjusting their designs to meet the clients’ needs,” said Angela Jennings who is a Visual Arts Teacher at Caldwell Arts Academy.
The mural and other artist murals are located on South College Ave. and Erwin St. in downtown Tyler. Opportunities like these are why Stephanie Esparza believes this is a special school.
“I feel proud of my name and our school’s name and being like oh yeah look at what we did this is how amazing Caldwell is and what we do,” said Esparza.
Caldwell Arts Academy is currently taking applications for their school until March 1. They also have an open audition for potential students on Feb. 20.