TUPELO – Anna Miller was amazed by what became of three large boards that entered her art classroom at Pierce Street Elementary School in September.
After Anna, 10, and her fellow fifth-grade classmates spent the past six months working on the boards, they now hang as three murals on the outside wall of Midnite Pottery on North Gloster.
“It was a huge piece of cardboard,” Anna said. “With a little hard work, anything can turn out great.”
About 185 fifth-graders in Cindy Parker’s art classes at the school sanded and primed the material, drew their designs, painted it and sealed it. On Wednesday, their work was hung outside the pottery store, which hosted an artists reception for the students.
“I had no idea it would turn out this fabulous,” said Jennifer Shelton, owner of Midnite Pottery. “When I first saw it, I was amazed.”
The murals emerged from a conversation between Parker and Shelton. Parker realized it could be a legacy project for her students, and Shelton would get a memorable decoration for her store.
Shelton donated the boards and several of the materials.
The mural used bright colors and incorporated the words “faith,” “hope” and “love.” It also featured stars and a moon to represent midnight, as well as several other objects.
Fifth-grader Skyler Michael, 10, said it was challenging to think about objects with different symbolic meanings to use in the paintings.
“Painting like that makes you use your mind,” he said. “You have to figure out what it is.”
Skyler said he will enjoy seeing the work on permanent display.
“I hope it was able to make a difference for some children who maybe didn’t think they could do anything but can look and see what they were able to create,” Parker said.
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