Elementary school students create murals for art museum

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SALT LAKE CITY -- For the past month, some first- and sixth-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School have been pulled from class for about an hour a week to work on a big project -- and it's going to be displayed at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) this summer.

There's lots of color, paint and creative thinking going on for this art project.

Two sixth-grade classes are working on a huge, bigger-than-life-sized mural called 'Active Brain.'

Student Victor Quintero said, "Instead of having a lazy brain sitting around, this brain is active and does school work, a good brain that is useful."

Yazmin Sanchez isn't intimidated by the process. "It's really easy, you go step by step and paint one at a time."

Community: East, Work, Play
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
May 6, 2010 - Jan. 9, 2011
410 Campus Center Dr.
Salt Lake City

The first-graders are working on a mural of their own about food.

Kimberly Deavila said, "We're doing it about how dinner looks like."

"It's called Community: Eat, Work, Play,'" said Megan Hallett with the UMFA.

This kids are doing this with an art specialist in collaboration with the UMFA and the University of Utah. When it's done, these two master pieces won't just stay in the classroom.

"It was an opportunity to create a local exhibit to 'Las Artes de Mexico,' which is what we will have this summer at the museum," Hallett said.

It will be seen by thousands. The kids are a little nervous, but student Desiree Leonard said, "It's OK if we mess up, it's our painting and nobody will judge us on it."

That's one of the lessons the teachers want the kids to learn from this. The lesson the kids want you to learn if you go and see their art: "That they can explore the world and do what they want to," Yazmin said. "If they want to do something, go for it."

The exhibit by the kids will be on display May 6 through Jan. 9, 2011, in conjunction with Las Artes de Mexico.

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