Bixby Elementary School students and staff recently unveiled a new mural created as part of the Eye on Design program sponsored by the Arts Council of Long Beach.
The school’s new mural represented the culmination of many weeks of study. Third graders created the transportation-themed mural, which is tied to the social studies curriculum.
Eye on Design is a public art education program for third graders that encourages civic involvement, critical thinking and creative problem solving through a customized residency program. The program educates students about their community, encouraging a greater appreciation for public art. An interdisciplinary approach incorporates language arts, history and the visual and performing arts.
During the 15-week residency, students learn about neighborhood history, public art and the design process through activities, field trips and other opportunities provided by resident artists and community partners. The culminating project is the creation of the mosaic.