WEBVTT 00:00:00.000 --> 00:00:25.000 [music] 00:00:25.000 --> 00:00:31.000 BRACY: The mural project here in the APSC building was initially Dave McDonald's idea, the Associate Provost. 00:00:31.000 --> 00:00:37.000 I decided to take a nontraditional route and introduce it into one of my graphic design classes as a design project. 00:00:37.000 --> 00:00:43.000 The students went through a series of exercises exploring image signs and their role in making messages, 00:00:43.000 --> 00:00:49.000 specifically dealing with the content of the Northwest region, of Monmouth, and of Western campus, 00:00:49.000 --> 00:00:54.000 without yet knowing that the project they were about to embark upon was for the mural. 00:00:54.000 --> 00:00:58.000 The design that was selected was ultimately done by Eric Enright. 00:00:58.000 --> 00:00:62.000 ENRIGHT: My inspiration for this design was taking pictures around campus, 00:01:02.000 --> 00:01:09.000 looking on the Internet for images that represented the Pacific Northwest and Oregon. 00:01:09.000 --> 00:01:14.000 The mural turned out the way I envisioned it. I think it's a little better than the original design. 00:01:14.000 --> 00:01:19.000 We had to adjust a little bit of it to fit inside the building. 00:01:19.000 --> 00:01:22.000 BRACY: Creating a mural of this size is extremely challenging. 00:01:22.000 --> 00:01:28.000 We didn't have the luxury of a space designed for projection of the image and transferring it that way. 00:01:28.000 --> 00:01:33.000 So instead, we created an elaborate grid structure that we could then assign to individual students 00:01:33.000 --> 00:01:39.000 to carefully draw every shape that they saw within the square onto the wall larger size. 00:01:39.000 --> 00:01:45.000 Once the image was drawn on a wall, we moved to the painting process. We had about six different colors pre-mixed, 00:01:45.000 --> 00:01:50.000 so we were ready to assign students to different areas. It was generally paint-by-number at that point, 00:01:50.000 --> 00:01:53.000 because all of the drawn shapes had an initial written in them. 00:01:53.000 --> 00:01:60.000 The paints that were used were wall paint, just acrylic or latex paint that you'd use in your house. 00:02:00.000 --> 00:02:06.000 The brushes were varying sizes of art brushes that we all gathered together from our various supplies. 00:02:06.000 --> 00:02:11.000 It took about two weeks to get all of the paint up there once the initial drawing was on. 00:02:11.000 --> 00:02:15.000 The workforce was made up of volunteers: students from all over campus, 00:02:15.000 --> 00:02:19.000 a lot of art students, and a lot of art faculty helped as well. 00:02:19.000 --> 00:02:25.000 Then we moved to the vinyl process. The lettering that you see is applied vinyl made by a sign company. 00:02:25.000 --> 00:02:32.000 We figured that was a much better solution than hand-rendering all the letters, and the red really ties in with the Western Oregon University identity. 00:02:32.000 --> 00:02:36.000 ENRIGHT: I think the tips that I have for becoming a mural or large print artist would be 00:02:36.000 --> 00:02:41.000 lots of research and lots of concepts. 00:02:41.000 --> 00:02:46.000 Throwing it all out there, just like any other project, any other creative problem that you have, 00:02:46.000 --> 00:02:52.000 I would start someplace, and then expand your ideas and don't limit yourself to the first thing you come up with. 00:02:52.000 --> 00:02:59.000 [music] 00:02:59.000 --> 00:02:64.000 [music ends]