The 22 visual artists selected to participate in the Utah Arts Council's 1990-92 Arts in Education programs will soon be involved in a variety of fascinating, challenging projects. In fact, two of them - Louise Fischman and Wayne Geary - are already very much involved. They are currently supervising a mural project at the Family Shelter, 210 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City.
Both artists have been working closely with schoolchildren at the shelter to create two large murals. When I dropped by, I found one of the murals was almost completed.Fischman said that about 35 children between the ages of 6 and 14 have helped draw and paint this first mural.
She then explained the steps she and Geary took to ensure a meaningful, visually appealing mural.
First, the theme "dream houses" was chosen.
Second, children were asked to draw their ideas of what their fantasy houses would look like.
Third, Geary choreographed the children's ideas into one composition.
And last, the children drew this concept on a 6-by-12-foot background and then painted it with acrylic and latex paint. The finished mural will be protected by a layer of varnish.
The first mural shows a rural landscape dotted with creatively designed homes. A large castle looms in the background.
The second mural will take a closer look at the children's dream houses, featuring urban buildings and room interiors. When finished, both murals will be installed in the main hallway of the Family Shelter.
The project is moving quickly. After all, Fischman and Geary were given only three weeks to complete it. They started on July 16. The murals must be installed by 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, when the official unveiling takes place. Gov. Norm Ban-gerter is planning to be there to help with the ceremony.
Both Fischman and Geary are practicing artists - and qualified teachers. Fischman received a teaching certificate in secondary school art from the University of Utah. Geary is an art instructor with the University of Utah's Division of Continuing Education.
The Artists-in-Residence Program is sponsored by the Utah Arts Council. For more information about this program, call 533-5895 or write UAC, 617 E. South Temple, SLC, UT 84102.