Kati Robbins’ Art Students Collaborate to Create Public Art!
Service Learning: The Outlet Mall Mural Project
In January, Tammy Cox, Marketing Director of Asheville Outlets approached The Franklin School of Innovation, asking us to create a large scale mural in their food court. The Outlets wanted a restaurant scene to represent what will eventually fill that space. Kati Robbins’ and her Art II students worked individually and then collaboratively to design the mural. Tammy and Sharon Morgan, General Manager, approved the final design created by Luka Harris, Mindy Williams and Zoe Moore.
The design phase of this project began at the end of January and we began painting at the start of March. Every Art I and Art II student at FSI has had the opportunity to paint the mural. Approximately 8 students travel from Franklin as a paint crew at a time on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12pm – 3pm. (We welcome visitors to come see our work in progress!)
The mural is approximately 14 ft tall by 22 ft wide and will be completed this spring. It is a great experience for these students to learn what it is like to be a professional artist working in a client relationship. This experience also prepares our artists for what it will be like designing and painting FSI’s murals in the fall. (Read on!)
More Murals to beautify Franklin’s Buildings
Franklin is excited to prepare for painting two exterior, large scale murals on our own buildings this fall. This project has been funded by a grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council and the vendors of Asheville Art in the Park. This community mural project will be a collaboration of FSI students and Lara Nguyen, Artist, Co-owner of Stone Cloud Studio, Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department at Warren Wilson College. Students will work with Ms. Nguyen to design the content for the murals this spring and painting will begin in the fall.