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Pecos murals allow students to make lasting impression

February 23, 2013 • Local News


Pecos Elementary fifth-graders Sebastian Carrillo, James Leiva, Tony Payan and Fabian Hernandez painted tiles Tuesday that will become part of the mosaic for a boys’ bathroom at the school. (Ilissa Gilmore Photo)

Fifth-grade students of Pecos Elementary continued Tuesday to work on a mural that will remain at the school long after they’ve left it.

Since December, students have worked on two separate murals as part of the Creative Learning Center’s Legacy Project, which allows students of the Roswell Independent School District to learn one-on-one from local, acclaimed artists.

The murals will depict whimsical landscapes and imagery based on student drawings. The fifth-grade boys’ mural will involve dinosaurs and the girls’ mural will feature plants and flowers. Once complete, both will be installed into two of the school’s bathrooms.

“It’s quite a process, but it’s such a beautiful result,” Principal Barbara Ryan said.

Working with artist Sue Wink, fifth-graders Sebastian Carrillo, James Leiva, Tony Payan and Fabian Hernandez painted tiles that will become part of the mosaic for a boys’ bathroom. Every year, Ryan said the Center has artists help students and Wink “does such an excellent job with the kids.”

“It’s really nice that we can get that quality of artist to work with the students,” she said.

Works by past classes are featured prominently around the building. Ryan estimated the students who worked on one piece in the main corridor are old enough to be in high school. She said the murals will allow the personalities of each student to become part of the school.

“Every student did something and that makes the kids really feel a part of it,” she said. “It’s their work and it’ll be here forever.”

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