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Gambell Summer School students design and paint mural…

By  Kathie Klunder
Summer School Teacher
Bering Strait School District
Gambell, AK

 

During Gambell’s summer school we had Ms. Linda Lyons, an Alaskan artist, came in to assist students in designing and painting a mural. They chose the theme of “Our Community”. Students were taught basic skills in planning, drawing and painting a mural

In the planning stage, students came up with various ideas for the theme. They then discussed the varied objects they wanted to represent in the mural. The students wanted to depict both the school and their community within the mural.

The students then began to sketch out their ideas. Some ideas were taken from photos as well. When it was decided what would go into the mural Ms. Lyons then assisted the students in laying out a rough draft. After the student input the rough draft was changed somewhat then was accepted. Then the process of actually placing the mural onto the wall began. MS. Lyons stayed up through the night to get the rough sketch onto the wall for students to begin painting on the following day.

 

Painting the mural began on the fourth day. As the students moved along, they would examine the mural each afternoon and decide whether they like the progression. At one point they decided there was a part they did not like. That section was painted over and the students decided how they wanted it changed.   After two weeks the mural was completed. I cannot express enough how proud of the students I am. They all worked hard and had a great time in the process.

During Gambell’s summer school we had Ms. Linda Lyons, an Alaskan artist, came in to assist students in designing and painting a mural. They chose the theme of “Our Community”. Students were taught basic skills in planning, drawing and painting a mural.

 

In the planning stage, students came up with various ideas for the theme. They then discussed the varied objects they wanted to represent in the mural. The students wanted to depict both the school and their community within the mural.

 

The students then began to sketch out their ideas. Some ideas were taken from photos as well. When it was decided what would go into the mural Ms. Lyons then assisted the students in laying out a rough draft. After the student input the rough draft was changed somewhat then was accepted. Then the process of actually placing the mural onto the wall began. MS. Lyons stayed up through the night to get the rough sketch onto the wall for students to begin painting on the following day.

 

Painting the mural began on the fourth day. As the students moved along, they would examine the mural each afternoon and decide whether they like the progression. At one point they decided there was a part they did not like. That section was painted over and the students decided how they wanted it changed.   After two weeks the mural was completed. I cannot express enough how proud of the students I am. They all worked hard and had a great time in the process.



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