Sol Feinstone Elementary Dedicates New Mural

As seen in the Bucks County Courier Times 6/10/15

Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:45 pm

George Washington, Albert Einstein and The Beatles just took up residence in the library at Council Rock’s Sol Feinstone Elementary School.

Not really, but those famous people and many others depicted in a giant mural in the Upper Makefield school’s library help make history come alive, said sixth-grader Baruni Palayam.

“It’s really interesting,” she said. “It seems like I find a new piece of history every time I come in here, and I never get tired of looking at it. It definitely makes the kids feel more into history. I think it’s now one of the best things here at Sol Feinstone.”

The mural, roughly 18-feet high and 30- to 40-feet long, takes up one entire wall and about half of another. Painted by New Hope artist Karina Raude over the last three months, the mural was paid for with money raised by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization and departing sixth-graders.

“Thanks for being such awesome kids,” PTO President Kathy Butler told the sixth-graders during a dedication ceremony for the mural held at the school Thursday afternoon.

Each sixth grade tries to leave some kind of parting gift to the school near the end of their time there, and this was one of the more special, added Butler.

“You’re leaving a huge legacy for the school,” she told the students.

The mural depicts many different historical figures set amid grass, fields, birds and other elements. Also pictured are symbols of Bucks County, like its official mammal, the cottontail. There are also items to remind students of their school, like the Council Rock School District motto “Success for every student, every day.”

“The most meaningful feature is that the subject and concept was drawn from historical figures that the sixth grade chose as inspirational to them,” said a news release from the Sol Feinstone PTO. “It is a visual banquet that includes artists, musicians, scientists, mathematicians and athletes, essentially innovators of their time, notable men and women. They all interact with each other before landmarks such as the Great Wall of China and the Parthenon, set in a quintessential Bucks County landscape.”

Raude painted the mural as part of the Bucks County Artists in Residence program.

“I just tried to transform the ideas the students gave me in a way that will continue to inspire them,” she said.

“It makes the library even more of a place to come discover things and dream again,” said Sol Feinstone PTO and Artists in Residence member Elizabeth Napier.