WJES Mosaic Exhibited at High Museum

WJES teachers Ben Propes, left, and Lisa Chalfant, along with Propes' family friend Brett Sayers, delivered the mosaic to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta last week.

WJES teachers Ben Propes, left, and Lisa Chalfant, along with Propes’ family friend Brett Sayers, delivered the mosaic to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta last week.

The West Jackson Elementary School Art Club’s 8-ft x 7-ft crayon mosaic is now on display at High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in a student “pop-up show” through OCT. 28. Created by approximately 50 students during the 2017-18 school year, the mosaic is made up of hundreds of crayons arranged to complete the design.

“Students in Art Club agreed upon the artwork’s subject matter of a panther, West Jackson’s mascot, in its natural habitat.” explained art teacher Lisa Chalfant, who was a first-year teacher when the project started.

“The panther is depicted climbing a branch above water, grass, and in front of a sunrise or sunset, depending on the viewer’s interpretation,” she said. As an added challenge, students had to figure out “how to glue each and every crayon on a vertical surface.”

“We are so proud of our how our students developed and saw this project through all of last year,” Chalfant added. “We hope everyone can make it out to see our students’ work of art in this special space.”

Chalfant said STEM/STEAM teacher Ben Propes, his family, and a friend helped deliver the giant piece to the High Museum Oct. 13. The museum is located at 1280 Peachtree St NE in Atlanta; its hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. (PLEASE NOTE THE CORRECTION — THE STUDENT SHOW ENDED OCT. 28, NOT NOV. 28 AS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED.)

After its trip to the High Museum, the mosaic will be on permanent display at WJES.

WJES is one of 10 schools in the Jackson County School System, which serves approximately 8,000 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn more online at JacksonSchoolsGA.org.

PHOTO: WJES teachers Ben Propes, left, and Lisa Chalfant, along with Propes’ family friend Brett Sayers, delivered the mosaic to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta last week.