Charles L. Lowman
Special Education Center Project
of Success" was created for the Charles L. Lowman
Special Education Center in North Hollywood, California. This project
adorns the wall adjacent to the California Children's Services Therapy
Unit within the main corridor of the school's administration building.
The project was developed by the school's principal, Paula Melideo
and CCS unit manager Harriet Fain-Tvedt. After a couple of meetings,
the theme of "Success" was adopted. Paula and Harriet
wanted the imagery to show students with special needs involved
in activities depicting their successes. The mural stretches approximately
7' high by 44' in length. Students from Lowman as well as from neighboring
Laurence School participated in the painting sessions.
informed us that school was going to hold their own "Special
Olympics" back in July 2009. This was the perfect place
to begin collecting imagery for the mural. We measured out
the wall and created a frame line in Photoshop and began to
place images within the frameline to begin the composition.
Once the mural began to take shape, artist Bob Hernandez created
a rough sketch,which was submited for feedback.
Upon approval, Bob took the sketch to the next step, tightening
up the lines and adding back-ground imagery to personalize
the mural specificfically to Lowman and created the color
While Bob was painting
on the color style guide, the line drawing was delivered to GP Color
to be printed on vinyl wall paper we began scheduling painting sessions
with Lowman. With-in weeks, we were ready to begin. Below are images
The painting sessions began on November 2nd and contined
through to the 12th. We had 109 students participate in
the creation of the mural, about half of all students attending
SCAF would like to thank Ginger Hansen, Silvina Day, Katherine
Armenta and Matthew Kolodziejczyk for volunteering multiple
days. These volunteers assisted the students, teachers and
teachers aides. Interns and therapists from California Children's
Services also participated in the painting sessions.
On November 12, 20 students from Laurence Elementary School
participated by assisting the students from Lowman. Depending
on the severity of the disability, two to three Laurence
students assisted each Lowman student.
We had two very special guests participate with the Lowman
students. Randell Kirsch from the Beach Boys and Bob Cowsill
from the Cowsills came to play for the Lowman students.
And before leaving the campus, Randall and Bob also took
part in painting the mural along with the Lowman Students.
will continue to update this page with photos of the mural installation,
touch up and finally the dedication ceremony. Check back to view