Last year the Fuller School invited Rob Rossel into their classrooms to help the school construct a community mural. Every single student (all 326 of them) participated fully by designing his or her own tile.
The mural-making process crossed curriculum walls with lessons on the relationship between the craft to science, math and even social studies. Additionally, about 100 students and their families participated in the Fuller School’s Family Night activities centered around planning the mural and constructing tiles.
The final product was installed and unveiled in May. Every student’s individually-designed and carefully-constructed tile came together to form a unified image of an elm tree (a city symbol), superimposed before the impressive outline of Mt. Monadnock.
This project was coordinated by Margaret Hartz, the arts instructor at Fuller School. Funding for this project came from numerous sources and in-kind contributions, including an Artist in Residence Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Additional support came in the form of intern teachers from Keene State, and Rob Rossel’s assistant, Greg Thibodeau.