Harmony Elementary Artists at Work
During the month of February, Harmony K-6 students completed three new Wyoming History murals with the help of Mr. Roy Martin, former ACSD #1 teacher and artist-in-residence. Harmony already has three murals along one wall of their gym, and the new murals are currently being framed by parent volunteers and will be formally unveiled during the Harmony Spring Program in May.
The sixth grade students in Mrs. Amen-Peterson's class began the murals by researching three topics of importance in Wyoming's history: "Wyoming Wildlife", "Women in Wyoming", and "Multiculturalism in Wyoming Industry."
The students learned that the population of pronghorn antelope in Wyoming is very near its human population and that Wyoming has more pronghorn than any other state. Antelope run prominently across the foreground of the wildlife mural which also includes moose, deer and elk, among other species.
The students discovered many firsts for women in Wyoming, including the first woman governor, the first woman justice of the peace and the first woman to vote in an election. These women, Nellie Tayloe Ross, Esther Hobart Morris, and Eliza Swain are featured with other women in the "Women in Wyoming" Mural.
With the help of Ms. Silva's art students from Whiting High School, Mrs. Taucher's kindergarten, first and second grade students painted sixteen flags around the mural, "Multiculturalism in Wyoming Industry". The flags represent immigrants from many nations that have impacted Wyoming industry. The mural also depicts the oil, gas and coal industries, along with farming and ranching, the railroad, forestry and logging, and tourism.
painting, the students learned techniques and tips from Mr. Martin.
Blending, shading, and seeing colors realistically were challenging
concepts, but as one student stated, "I love my part of the
painting. It looks like I could walk right into it!"