student and teacher working with letter tiles

Expressing Herself Through Art

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Julia Bottarelli '23 arrived at Landmark as an eighth grade student. Moving to a new school can be stressful. It involves making new friends, learning the routines of the community, and settling into an entirely different system. Then add the pressure of moving here from the Chicago area so Julia and her sister could attend Landmark. Fortunately, the Bottarelli sisters have very supportive parents, a great attitude, and lots of interests. 

Julia is passionate about the visual arts. Earlier this fall, her Physical Science teacher, Doug Walker, announced that the school had acquired a Cricut printer, which prints original or templated DIY projects and provides high-quality cutting capabilities. She was intrigued and set about creating some logos. Bottarelli said, “At the time we were studying Newton’s Laws of Motion so I wanted to design a logo that could incorporate the Landmark compass rose along with some relevant symbols. I added gears to show motion in action, then I added a ramp to suggest how far the logo would roll based on the ramp size. My final touch was adding little markings to represent gravity and the force applied.” 

She continues, “The response was really positive so I started to re-imagine the Landmark logo in other ways. One expresses my interest in the visual arts. The design uses the compass rose layered on top of a blend of many bright colors representing how visual art is often a mix of media and techniques. My favorite variation is one showing the compass rose on top of an image of the globe. It symbolizes the school as the destination where students and families come from all over the US and the world to be a part of the Landmark community. As someone who moved here from 1,000 miles away, this is the one that means the most to me.”

Landmark School logo by Julia Bottarelli