Salt Lake City–Motorists who drive by City Academy on 555 E. 200 S. in Salt Lake City may notice that the 200-foot-wall in front of the public charter school has undergone a dramatic transformation. At first glance, they may think it’s a giant piece of graffiti, but upon closer inspection, they’ll discover that it’s a carefully designed art piece that’s meant to showcase City Academy and its official dragon mascot.
City Academy art teacher Josephine Bradbury worked on the design for the mural since last winter. What’s more, the piece went through an approval process that involved numerous meetings with City Academy’s faculty and board. Some of the paint for the project was donated by Tyler Huntzinger of Iconography Inc. Beginning in early July, Bradbury has been sketching the basic outline and began painting the piece.
On July 7 and Aug. 3, City Academy students, parents, faculty, board members and friends helped with the painting of the piece.
Bradbury has a B.F.A. degree in painting and drawing with a teaching certificate from the University of Utah. She has been teaching for eight years. Prior to joining the faculty at City Academy, she taught at Viewmont High School in the Davis School District for six years. In addition to working as an art teacher, she is practicing professional artist. She also teaches adult classes in portraiture, still life, mixed media, drawing, oil and acrylic and watercolor painting.
Bradbury and the mural were featured in a news story on KSTU Fox 13 on July 7.
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