STMA ‘Mural Mania!’

St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West student Olivia Peltz puts her touch onto the Mural Mania art project. The project features famous artists Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock and Salvador Dali. (Sun staff photo by Aaron Brom)

St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West student Olivia Peltz puts her touch onto the Mural Mania art project. The project features famous artists Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock and Salvador Dali. (Sun staff photo by Aaron Brom)

 

Pictured with the finished Mural Mania project are, left to right, Bryanna Rieber, Olivia Peltz,Artist Jesse Golfis, Alex Rojas, Eugene Kotau, Tarik AlDuri, Enoch Eliason, Ethan VanVooren, Josiah Eliason, Ben Haliburton, Brianna Chatterton, Nga Phan, Hailey Cantwell, Clare Chambers, and Ms. April Erickson. (Sun staff photo by Aaron Brom)

Pictured with the finished Mural Mania project are, left to right, Bryanna Rieber, Olivia Peltz,Artist Jesse Golfis, Alex Rojas, Eugene Kotau, Tarik AlDuri, Enoch Eliason, Ethan VanVooren, Josiah Eliason, Ben Haliburton, Brianna Chatterton, Nga Phan, Hailey Cantwell, Clare Chambers, and Ms. April Erickson. (Sun staff photo by Aaron Brom)

 

Professional painter Jessie Golfis adds a stroke to the Mural Mania art project, which was part of Middle School West’s Exploratory Day. (Sun staff photo by Aaron Brom)

Professional painter Jessie Golfis adds a stroke to the Mural Mania art project, which was part of Middle School West’s Exploratory Day. (Sun staff photo by Aaron Brom)

Art class gets help from the pro

Professional painter Jessie Golfis came all the way from St. Paul to Albertville just so he could help a group of Middle School Wests artists finish their mural.

Golfis worked with students in his style of painting to create a mural for the hallway by the art room.

The school recently celebrated Exploratory Day, where instructors planned a variety of community learning activities for students to participate in throughout the day to expand learning beyond school, and “Mural Mania” was one of the afternoon classes.

“If I can do something to impact the community, I’m going to go out of the way to do it,” Golfis said.

Art teacher April Erickson planned the project ahead of time, and Golfis and the students initiated the drawing and painting of the mural. The students painted the faces of artists from history such as Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock and Salvador Dali.

A projector with some of Golfis’ preliminary drawings was used to project the mural image onto the canvass. And the students did the rest, with Golfis’ and Erickson’s support.

“(Golfis) did the preliminary drawings, and the transparency was photographed and saved to the computer,” Erickson said. “That’s what we used for the project.”

There were 14 fifth- and sixth-graders who participated in the project.

“Mentoring turned me on to helping children,” Golfis said.

 

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