A large colorful mural has transformed the lunch room at Nicollet Middle School this spring.
About 150 students in grades 6-8, who had art class with teacher Kacie Wilson second semester, helped create the new mural under the guidance of Twin Cities artist Shane Anderson.
Students brainstormed with Anderson about Nicollet concepts, programs and features that could be included in the mural which takes up most of a 60x12 foot wall. Worked into the design, are the words “AVID” and “Nice” along with academic, artistic and athletic items.
Students learned about color theory and different painting techniques from Anderson and then painted the mural.
“The finished project is fun, bright and colorful,” said Samantha Schenkelberg, instructional behavior coach, who said the cost was funded by a grant. “It has a cartoony style that feels updated and just right for this age group.”