New outdoor mural features Yocum Institute’s new mascot, a yak

This summer, Yocum Institute for Arts Education has announced the vibrant addition of an outdoor mural featuring a brand-new mascot, a lively yak who’s eagerly awaiting a name. The captivating artwork was created by Andrew Pochan and the young artists of Yocum’s summer camp.

“My wife and I recently came back from Japan, and one aspect that struck us was that literally everything had a mascot. It wasn’t long before we came to the realization that Yocum Institute should have a mascot as well. This mural is the first in a potential series of murals at Yocum featuring these characters and more” said Pochan.

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Created by giant paint by numbers mural on 5×5 foot sheets of parachute paper (a fabric and paper blend). Each color was mixed and chosen by the artist, and then handed out to the students to paint the first few layers of the painting.

Photo courtesy of Yocum Institute for Arts Education.

Later, when the painting was almost done, with assistance Pochan pasted up the papers on the wall. The collaborative effort of these young artists has resulted in a vibrant masterpiece that shows off the essence of fun, imagination, and share experiences.

The mural features Yocum Institute’s new mascot, a yak with his friends, backstage putting on their production of the Wizard of Oz.

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