Glenwood high school artists make the scene |

Glenwood high school artists make the scene

Kevin Keller
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Glenwood High School seniors Cassidy Robison and Hannah Beckler started their second mural project at the beginning of their final school year.

The dedicated pair worked on the mural in their free time and during their off-class period.

They finished it last Friday, their last day of classes.

The mural is about four feet tall and 10 feet long, according to Robison. It depicts an underwater scene with baby blue water, colorful fish, vibrant green, blue, and yellow plants on each end, and a convincing turtle and transparent purple jellyfish in the middle. The mural is located between windows that overlook Grand Avenue on the staircase at the end of the main hallway.

The idea for the mural came after the artists’ first mural depicting Glenwood Canyon was a success for them and the school. That’s when biology teacher Joe Mollica decided to ask them to work on a second mural.

From there the pair put their brushes together, and realized they were a good match for the project.

“We both really went with it,” Robison said. “Our styles matched, and it turned out good.”

The artistic duo, who said they have been doing art projects for as long as they can remember, used acrylic paint and stood on benches to complete the mural. They say it adds color and life to a school that’s dominated by traditional white walls.

“It’s kinda like a hospital,” Robison said.

Beckler likes the fact that the mural helps bring art outside of the art classrooms and into the hallways so that everyone can see it, she said.

Mollica said kids around the school have been raving about it.

“It’s pretty incredible,” Mollica said. “They’ve been working on it all year, and it’s lifelike. It’s kind of nice to give the school a little more life.”

Students Brett Tencza and Jacob Bower agreed with Mollica.

“It’s such a creative experience,” Tencza said. “I think it brings joy. It just brings a smile to your mind.”

“It brings life to the school,” Bower added. “Sometimes [the school] seems like a prison.”

Beckler, who plans to pursue her interest in art studying humanities at the University of Colorado next year, said that she hopes the mural generates more art projects and interest in art around the school in the future.

“It’s generated interest,” Beckler said. “People have been asking us [about the process].”

Robison, who will attend the University of Georgia to study scientific and medical illustration, agrees.

“I hope it will increase art around the school,” Robison said, “Maybe [students] will make murals themselves.”

The pair also expressed hope that their work leaves a lasting impression on the school.

“I want to come back in 50 years and be like, ‘I painted that,'” Robison said.

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