Last October, Five Oaks Academy welcomed guest artist, Jean Wilson Freeman, to collaborate with students on a campus mural celebrating nature. Ms. Freeman was a part of the Stone Avenue mural project in Greenville, creating a large-scale mural with the Stone Academy students at 217 E. Stone Avenue. As an active member of the local art community, Ms. Freeman hosts pop-up art markets showcasing her work.
After Ms. Freeman completed an initial sketch on the wall, the Upper Elementary and Middle School students were able to work alongside her over the course of three days to add vibrant paint colors to the mural. As small groups rotated to assist Ms. Freeman with painting, students who were not painting on the wall worked on portable easels in the courtyard and found inspiration in the mural and in the natural environment. The new mural combines FOA’s love of nature & commitment to fostering creativity in students.