Blog / George Watts Elementary School mural: a tribute to Picasso


By Juline

The tarp was slowly lowered, and the crowd swarmed to bright colors that transformed the formerly drab wall.  Children were eager to point out the sections of a new mural they created.

On Monday, April 19, more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the unveiling of an amazing mural at George Watts Elementary School in Durham.  The mural was inspired by the art of Pablo Picasso, closely tied to the Nasher Museum’s recent exhibition “Picasso and the Allure of Language” and the culmination of a year-long schoolwide project at the school. The mural reinterpreted some of Picasso’s most famous works.

The event included a silent auction and displays of art by students.

The Nasher Museum was happy to be involved in this exciting project! The museum arranged for all 400 students to take  guided tours of our Picasso exhibition. This was the first time an entire school visited an exhibition here. And it’s also a first for a school to respond in such a big way.

IMAGE: Photo by Juline Chevalier.

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