Student and his art teacher work on their second mural together
PRINCETON —áThe weight room in the Princeton Police Station is getting a neat patriotic touch.
Over the past month, Noah Bacorn, an eighth-grader at Logan Junior High, has been painting a mural for local law enforcement to enjoy while they work out.
With the help from his art teacher, Liana Hall, the two selected a design they thought would work best for the space. They chose an American flag, Princeton Police Department logo, weight bar and iconic Princeton buildings.
It’s not the first large mural the two have worked on together. Bacorn also assisted Hall with the Princeton Farmers’ Market painting in downtown Princeton a few years back.
Bacorn, 13, was diagnosed with autism when he was in second grade. Shortly after, his mother, Jennifer, and his teachers at the time began noticing how much better he focused when he was drawing or doodling. Not much time passed after that before his mother signed him up for art lessons.
Hall said Bacorn is a passionate student. He cares deeply about whatever he is working on. She said art has become a form of therapy for Bacorn. It’s helped with his attention span and also relaxes him if he’s had a tough day.
“Drawing makes me happy. I’m less stressed, because it’s easy,” Bacorn said.
Princeton Police Chief Tom Kammerer discovered Bacorn’s talent during a fundraiser at the Princeton Moose Lodge where some of his artwork was being auctioned off. Kammerer said he immediately noticed Bacorn’s paintings and found out he liked hanging around police officers, so he invited him to paint a mural at the police station.
“For a kid his age to do something like this, it’s pretty amazing,” he said.
Bacorn’s paintings have helped raised more than $1,000 for fundraisers at the Princeton Moose Lodge. Many of his paintings are patriotic scenes, but Bacorn also likes to paint seasonal scenes, Legos and superheroes.