Elementary school brushes up for new year with mural
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Scott McIntyre of Londonberry Mural Press in Canton has been putting the finishing touches this week on a mural inside Carmel Elementary School. The mural depicts the Cherokee countryside from the past with a farmhouse, fishing pond and horses to go along with the school’s mascot, a colt. <br> Photo by Todd Hull
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WOODSTOCK - Students at Carmel Elementary School will notice something different about their school when classes resume next month.

This week, artists finished a month-long project painting a mural along the school's main hallway entering the building.

"I wanted the school to have less of an institutional feel," Carmel Elementary School Principal Keith Bryant said. "I want this school to be warm and welcoming for the kids."

Bryant is in his second year at the school and proposed the idea for the mural last year.

The mural depicts rural farm life with scenes of animals, workers riding horses and children enjoying activities such as fishing, reading and a hayride.

Carmel Elementary's mascot is a colt, so horses are a common theme throughout the work.

Bryant said the theme was selected because the property now belonging to the school was once a horse farm.

The school is still surrounded by fields and neighborhoods that are not densely populated.

"We wanted to bring the outside to the inside," Bryant said "We wanted something to not only add to the school but complement what is already here."

The mural was designed and painted by Canton-based artist Scott McIntyre.

McIntyre launched his business, Londonberry Mural Press, in 1996.

McIntyre came up with the mural's design by viewing photographs of the property before the construction of Carmel Elementary.

"We've tried to emulate what was here before the school," McIntyre said. "We wanted it to have a timeless quality."

McIntyre's work can be seen throughout Cherokee County.

He painted the mural in downtown Canton as well as murals at other Cherokee County Schools, including Avery Elementary School and Freedom Middle School.

McIntyre has also worked overseas. Earlier this year he traveled to the Middle Eastern Kingdom of Jordan to paint a mural depicting various locations across the county and teach young artists.

The mural cost about $6,800, Bryant said.

He said the artwork was paid for with money from the schools discretionary fund.
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westcobber
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July 21, 2011
My kids elementry before the new principal had wonderful murals through out the school. The kids and parents loved them. The new principal for what ever reason painted over them. Now their school has that instution feeling. You want your school to be cheery not stiff.
anonymous
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July 21, 2011
He has also done a Cobb County School: Big Shanty Elementary School. He did a hallway and the Cafeteria.
No Name Yet
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July 21, 2011
I agree with East Cobber.

East Cobber
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July 21, 2011
Okay, so this is Cherokee County, but one might think that a school's discretionary fund could be spent on teachers and students...
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