SchoolArts Magazine

February 2017

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 41 four hours, I applied the grout with a wet sponge. I prefer dry grout to pre- mixed because it's less expensive and it can be dyed. After applying the grout, I waited ten minutes before I wiped down the mural with a water-soaked sponge until the spaces in between the tiles were smooth, completely filled in, and even. I had to wash the tiles several times before the film from the grout was removed. The Unveiling This project bonded my classes and gave our community a newfound respect for public art. Parents and staff came to the unveiling to cel- ebrate our accomplishment and students were extremely proud of the work they had accomplished. We titled our mural the "Enrico Fermi Tree of Life," and that is what it has been—the life and legacy of our school and our strong art program. Katie Netti is an art teacher at Enrico Fermi Elementary School in Chicago, Illi- nois. Knnetti@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K

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