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FEBRUARY 2015

SJR State helps fifth graders infuse art with history

Palencia Elementary School
Palencia Elementary School
Palencia Elementary School
Fifth graders at Palencia Elementary School can now share a few new facts pertaining to the history of St. Augustine, thanks to an art project collaborated with St. Johns River State College and the Ancient City Mosaic project.

SJR State Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Laura Boilini and students Naomi Alexander and Katie Grubbs volunteered to assist students in Jamie Wardley’s art class with painting nearly 100 canvases portraying the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

As part of the 450th Anniversary Ancient City Mosaic project (spearheaded by Red Sable), Ancient City’s goal is to ultimately collect 450+ canvases to display in a mosaic-like format. The display is part of the signature exhibition “Tapestry: The Cultural Threads of First America,” which will be on display from April 4 to Oct. 4 at the Visitor Information Center.

During the assignment, Boilini shared various facts about St. Augustine and the lighthouse with the students. By the end of class, students knew the year the lighthouse was constructed (1874), its height (165 feet) and how far the lighthouse lens can project (17 miles).

Boilini, an artist and former elementary school teacher, said it was the perfect opportunity to bring the College, the school and the students together to learn about the country’s oldest city, express their artistic sides and celebrate the 450th anniversary. “It’s the educator in me,” she said.

 “I have walked up the lighthouse in St. Augustine and viewed the landscape from this windy vantage point and have tried in my mind to think about what those first settlers thought and what the lighthouse came to be as St. Augustine’s prominence developed and more and more people came to these shores,” Boilini said. 

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