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History Illustration

An Oklahoma School Discovers 100-Year-Old Chalkboard Drawings Hidden in the Walls

June 8, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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All images courtesy Oklahoma City Public Schools

While undergoing renovations last week, workers at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City made a surprising discovery: when removing several old chalkboards they found an even older set of chalkboards hidden in the walls. Apparently the school didn’t remove or even bother to erase the oldest boards they replaced back in 1917, leaving various lessons and illustrations untouched for nearly a century.

The images and writing depicted on the boards include a list of hygiene tasks, an unusual mathematics lesson, music, and several references to pilgrims, probably correlating with the time of year the boards were last used around December. A school district spokesperson says they are working with the city to preserve the chalk drawings. You can see several more of the educational time capsules over at the Washington Post. (via Neatorama)

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Art

A Sprawling Mud Mural by Yusuke Asai Brings Art Into Classrooms in India

May 30, 2014

Johnny Waldman

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“Earth Painting: Blessing Dance” 2011, 11 kinds of soils, cow dung, ash of straw, water, straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

The Wall Art Project is a non-profit organization based in Tokyo who organizes Wall Art Festival (WAF), an initiative to bring art into schools in places like India and Tibet. The Japanese artist Yusuke Asai, who paints with basically anything he can get his hands on (tape, pens, leaves, dust and mud…) was asked to travel to the Niranjana School in Bihar (east India) to create a mural on the walls of a classroom.

You can only imagine the surprise when Asai unveiled a sprawling, immersive mural titled “Earth Painting; The Forest of Vows.” To create the piece, Asai sourced only locally available materials which included 7 different types of soil, cow dung, water and straw. Unfortunately the installation wasn’t permanent and was washed away after several months, but we do have these photos to document the art. (syndicated from Spoon & Tamago)

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“Earth Painting: Blessing Dance” 2011, 11 kinds of soils, cow dung, ash of straw, water, straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

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“Earth Painting: Blessing Dance” 2011, 11 kinds of soils, cow dung, ash of straw, water, straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

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“Earth Painting: Stories of YAOYOROZU” 2012, 13 kinds of soils, water, ash of straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

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“Earth Painting: Stories of YAOYOROZU” 2012, 13 kinds of soils, water, ash of straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

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left: “Earth Painting: Blessing Dance” 2011. Photo by Kenji Mimura | right: “Earth Painting; The Forest of Vows” 2010. Photo by Junai Nakagawa

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“Earth Painting: Stories of YAOYOROZU” 2012, 13 kinds of soils, water, ash of straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

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“Earth Painting; The Forest of Vows” 2010, 7 kinds of soils, cow dung, water, straw. Photo by Junai Nakagawa

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“Earth Painting: Stories of YAOYOROZU” 2012, 13 kinds of soils, water, ash of straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura