East Texas art students applying knowledge

Photo Source: TISD
Photo Source: TISD

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Released by the Tyler ISD:

TYLER, TX - This summer has proven to be a busy time for some high school students in Tyler ISD. Recently, a handful of students from Robert E. Lee's Art Club completed a mural they painted for a local business in Tyler. The official "unveiling" of the mural will be on Friday, August 6, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at Western Heritage Interiors located at 4430 Highway 31 West, in Tyler (0.3 miles West of Loop 323).

Through a lesson covering 20th century muralists, art teacher Linda East exposed her students to the world of mural paintings. The students in East's class were intrigued and expressed an interest in painting a mural. With no walls to paint, the students and East were on a mission to make painting a mural a reality. Elilseo Viramontes, a senior in East's class, took the initiative and found a local business interested in this type of service.

Varamontes and East met with owners of Western Heritage Interiors, Brad and Tracey Barrantine, to plan and coordinate the project. The Barrantines expressed their vision for the mural and the brainstorming began. Varamontes and fellow students Robert DeSanchez, Tee Gamble, Dylan LeBouef and Evan Manning created a composition of the Barrantine's vision with East's supervision.

"We looked into having a mural professionally done," said Brad Barrantine. "After being approached with the idea of local students providing this service, we thought it more meaningful to us as a business and to the community to have the work performed by students. We are ecstatic with the results of the mural.

The group of students were very dedicated in seeing this project to completion. In April, the students began working after school, Saturdays and during the month of June to finish the job. The mural took about four months to finish with approximately 300 hours of painting time.

"I am very proud of the students," said East. "These students have accomplished a great deal and they should be very proud of themselves. This is an example of an excellent opportunity for students to utilize their art skills and what they study in their art classes."

This project was especially meaningful to Elilseo Viramontes as he hopes to become an art teacher and is now attending Tyler Junior College.