Students from Shoemaker Elementary School Art Club work on a mural featuring “The Lego Batman Movie” in the lobby of the movie theater at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley Jan. 29. RIGHT: Matthew Doyle paints the outline of one of the super villains featured in the movie. “It’s really peaceful. It helps me stay calm. And I have a steady hand so it works out for me,” Doyle said of art and his
Allie Hernandez works on the character Robin. Students worked in one-hour shifts to complete the mural Jan. 29.
Twin sisters Olivia and Sophia Dech, art club members, work on the bat signal. “We haven’t decided,” Sophia Dech said when asked if they would see the movie.
Colin Wilson puts finishing touches on a painting of the characters Batman and Joker. “I sometimes draw at my house,” Wilson said. He attends the Shoemaker Art Club meetings every week.
Olivia Barone talks with Jeffrey Shreck, who teaches art at Shoemaker Elementary School and is the adviser for the art club.
Rebekah Lopez paints a logo of the Shoemaker Art Club included in the mural. “The key is to put your hand like this,” Lopez said, demonstrating her painting technique.
Olivia Barone and Natalie Hummell, now students at Eyer Middle School, are alums of the art club and returned Jan. 29 to help with the mural. “There’s no limit to what you can do,” Barone said of her enjoyment of art.PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSON
Olivia Barone and Natalie Hummell paint parts of the mural Jan. 29. Barone contributed to the art club murals for “Captain America: Civil War” and “Angry Birds.” Hummell contributed to the murals for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Zootopia.”
Gianna Buysse focuses on a mural detail.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe finished mural decorates the glass panels at the lobby near the entrance to the AMC Center Valley 16 in The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 2845 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley.
Students spend a Sunday afternoon making movie art
Members of the Shoemaker Elementary School Art Club gathered Jan. 29 at the movie theater at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley to use their talents to create a mural to delight moviegoers.
“It’s our 29th time doing this,” Jeffrey Shreck, art teacher and club adviser, said. “It’s like a Shoemaker family.”
The art club meets weekly during the school year. For the mural project, students watch movie trailers and then render sketches. Some of the sketches are selected for the mural.
On the day of the mural project, Shreck transfers the sketches to glass. Students outline the sketches in black paint and paint the designs. This year’s mural project started around 9:30 a.m. and continued to early afternoon with students taking one-hour shifts. Shreck pours the paints and talks with students about the mural, offering tips on color choices and painting techniques. He also provides roadie services, placing tarps and step stools and greeting parents and students.
“It’s a very organized yet chaotic situation,” Shreck said with a smile.
Rebekah Lopez, one of the art club artists, enjoys the club.
“It’s really fun. We meet during school and out of the school,” she said. And working on the mural? “These are very special occasions,” she said.