Children reading, playing guitar, walking dogs and just having fun.
Those are some of the images found in a new mural recently created by artist Sergio Lazo at the front of Nova Eisenhower Elementary School in Davie.
"Every piece has a different school-related theme," Lazo said. "It adds an accent to the school walls. I used a lot of vivid colors and a lot of contrast. Even though it's for the kids, I like to maintain visual harmony."
Lazo recently spent three days at the school creating the mural.
"Mr. Lazo started creating on a blank, lifeless wall," said parent Roni Blum, of Pembroke Pines. "In three days, he brought that wall to life and created the most amazing work of art. The students are so honored and excited to pass by numerous times a day and get to be part of the … design process."
For Lazo, the mural was an opportunity to show the kids how to paint, mix colors and create something in art.
"Originally, the kids wanted to help, but I was on a tight schedule," Lazo said. "I would love to inspire the kids to get into art."
That's what Lazo did in his first visit there in January as part of the PTA's monthly Meet the Masters program. Kindergartners through fifth-graders enjoyed taking turns adding their own flavor to a Lazo painting. The artist then put the finishing touches on the piece and donated it to the school.
"This event allowed our children to see an artist up close and personal," Principal Carol Lesser said. "The students had the opportunity to work with Mr. Lazo and ask him questions about his craft."
Lazo, who gets much of his artistic inspiration from Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, also donated one of his original paintings to the school and plans to return next school year to present another art workshop.
Many of his paintings have music themes, but he decided to paint different characters in scholastic situations for the school mural.
It was "something I never did before," he said.Copyright © 2015, CT Now