Students at Norris Turn Plywood into Art

What do you do with a 100-foot temporary wall erected as part of a building renovation? If you’re at Norris Middle School, you turn 40 feet of it into an art project.

WhyArts artist Hugo Zamarano helped students in the after school program at Norris design and paint a mural on the temporary structure this fall. The students worked on the project for five weeks, learning about graffiti art from Zamarano. He knew he wanted to be an artist in kindergarten after his teacher read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

The school administration is discussing the potential of saving the mural or parts of it when the renovation is complete, said Kim Jubenville, director of school programming at WhyArts. She said WhyArts hopes to return to Norris this spring to help students add to the mural. WhyArts would like to thank the Completely Kids After School Program at Norris, Norris Middle School Principal Carrie Mohr and Collective For Youth for their help with this project.