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Feb. 13, 2004

UW-RF Students Team With Middle School on Mural Project

UW-River Falls students participated in an art course that partnered them with Hudson Middle School to create a mural. The J-term course, Special Topics- Collaborative Mural, made possible by a Star Grant from the Education Foundation, gave students the opportunity to connect with the surrounding community.

UW-RF students met with the Hudson Middle School student council to collect ideas and sketches that would reflect the life of a middle school student. The middle school features a special exhibit, "Cafˇ Gallery", that displays artwork of the Hudson students. The mural was painted on six wood panels on site with the middle school students and was appropriately titled "Life of a Middle-Schooler." The 24-foot-long mural includes such images as a disco ball representing the end of semester dance, and an image of a Hudson Raider on horseback.

Art Professor Lynn Jermal led the eight students through the two-week course. The UW-RF students include art majors Karen Benner of Cottage Grove, Minn., Ben Cleveland of Spring Valley, Minn., Erin Peters of Minneapolis, Minn., and Karine Wilson of Hudson, Wis. Art education majors Martha Cahill of Land O Lakes, Wis., Emily Nelson of Eden Prairie, Minn., LeAnne Ptacek of Trimont, Minn., and elementary education major Jessica Lien of Andover, Minn.

UW-RF's Ptacek, wrote of the project, "This experience has inspired me to continue collaborative work on my own as an artist, but also in the future when I teach other young students."

For more information contact Jermal at 715/425-3375.


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