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Davidson students paint mural at new Goodwill location

Painting a large-scale mural on a block wall presented a new set of challenges for area high school students.

“He (teacher Franklin Delgado) told us to use our precalculus minds,” said Kayla Jackson, one of three John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School juniors, painting a mural on the side of the newest Goodwill retail store on the corner of 15th Street and Walton Way in a former Rite Aid location on Dec. 21.

Jacey Lariscey (on lift) and Kayla Jackson work on a mural on Dec. 21. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

Three members of Delgado’s Art 5 class painted the Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA and Helms College’s logos on one side of the building. In addition to the logos, there will be three portraits of Helms College graduates.

Math is key in a mural as moving a drawing on paper to an oversized design on a building requires getting the measurements in the correct proportions.

 But it wasn’t just the math that challenged them.

“The texture of the walls” was another issue, according to Jackson. It wasn’t a smooth surface, so the paint didn’t go on with ease.

And the students said the mural required precision because they are recreating an already established logo.

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“Everything has to look the same,” she said.

The three students working on the mural will be among 34 students to take a field trip to New York City in March 2024. Their work on the mural will help in their fundraising efforts to make the trip.

Saniyah Newton said she’s excited about the chance to go to New York.

Franklin Delgado on the scissor lift Dec. 21. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

“I’ve never been out of the South. It will be cool to see a big city,” she said.

While in New York, they will visit museums and possibly take in a Broadway show. Newton said she’d love to see “Hamilton” on Broadway.

Delgado said he and the students will work on the mural the week after Christmas. The individual portraits will be the most time-consuming part of the painting process.

Delgado said students have been raising money in other ways such as selling artwork at Arts in the Heart of Augusta in September. Anyone who wants to make a donation should send it to the school at 615 12th St., Augusta 30901. They should be earmarked for the New York trip, Delgado said.

The new retail store should open in early 2024.

Charmain Z. Brackett, the publisher of Augusta Good News and Inspiring: Women of Augusta, has covered Augusta’s news for 35 years. Reach her at Sign up for the newsletter here.

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