Murals by Roger Whiting seen at Viewmont Elementary School, Murray - Printed Tile Mural
Murals by Roger Whiting seen at Viewmont Elementary School, Murray - Printed Tile Mural
Context & Credits
Item Printed Tile Mural
Created by Roger Whiting
Item Details
I met with youth from Viewmont Elementary School in Murray once a week between October 2011 and January 2012. Students were chosen from the sixth grade classes of the school as well as from the population of youth receiving special education services. As the ability levels of the students involved in the project were very diverse, I developed a project to allow all the youth to express themselves and make a valuable contribution. I taught the youth about the modernist art movement of the early twentieth century, and how it transitioned into the abstract expressionist art movement, creating artists such as Jackson Pollock who created art by splatter-painting. I also taught the youth about Eric Carle, a youth who grew up in Nazi Germany and learned the value of free self-expression which he used later in life to design beautiful children’s books using collages of splattered and scribbled papers. The youth then spent the next few weeks using techniques such as splattering, scribbling and sgraffito to create dynamic textures on colored papers which they used to create collages of the alphabet. Those collages were then printed onto ceramic tiles using a service called Change Your Art. The tiles were installed in a mural at Cricket Care, the Murray School District’s daycare center benefiting teen parents. I also worked with the youth to assemble the mosaic border surrounding the tiles.

Meet the Creator

Roger Whiting

Roger Whiting

Salt Lake City, UT

Artist specializing in large-scale mural and mosaic mural projects designed and created with youth and volunteers in low-income and underprivileged communities.

The environment of a school or business should have its own distinct visual appeal. Colorful, playful and polished environments draw positive attention and help to create a unique sense of place. I transform environments to achieve those objectives. I enjoy working on tight deadlines and finishing projects efficiently. I prefer working with assistants and/or youth on projects so I can share what I have learned and create more artwork in my lifetime than I possibly could alone.

Youth in the lower-income neighborhoods of Utah may not have art in their lives as much as their peers without intervention. Youth with disabilities and/or youth in the foster-care system often need extra support to develop their confidence to take control of their lives. Working on permanent art installations allows these youth to make decisions that have lasting impacts on their communities, thus showing them that they have a positive contribution to make in their world.
When appropriate, I involve my students in the process of creating from brainstorming up through completion.

Available for commission/custom work