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Drywall designers

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Meridian Elementary Art Club recently turned drywall that is in place due to the elementary building renovation project into a mural. Meridian and East Side Elementary Art teacher Leslie Cordray (back) sketched out a design based on a piece by Keith Haring. The Art Club then painted the mural. Club members included (left) Cassie Ronaldson, Britany Truxal, DaCota Norris, Austin Kaelber, Jaycee McGinty, Katelyn Muncie, Rebecca Pefley and Skylar Beschornor. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
Meridian Elementary students are continuing to look for ways to express themselves creatively.

"Our students have turned construction into art," Principal Karen Phillips said.

Each month, the Art Club students study a different artist and do a project based on some of the work. For Keith Haring, the students turned a piece of drywall into a mural.

"Being in Art Club gives the students the opportunity for them to do special projects," Meridian and East Side Art teacher Leslie Cordray said. "I sketched out the design and the students painted it."

While painting the mural, students compared the figures to specific people within the school.

"Mrs. Phillips is the blue one bending over backwards, Mrs. (Jennifer) Swaim, is in the one standing on her head because she would do anything for us to learn," DaCota Norris said. "And Mrs. (Michelle) Kibbe is the one on bent over because she has the weight of the school on her back."

"It was a lot of fun painting the mural," Katelyn Muncie said. "We learned about what Keith Haring did and then painted the wall."

The students took a trip to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and viewed the largest Dale Chihuly exhibit.

"I had a lot of fun at the Children's Museum," Austin Kaelber said. "It's one of the best parts of school."

Other activities included making tic-tac-toe game sets out of marble tiles, masks and popsicle stick sculptures.

"I really like Art Club," Britany Truxal said. "I think it is really fun because we do stuff the other kids don't get to do."

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