2/12/16 Painting the waves, earning raves

Painting the waves, earning raves
Cummings High School advanced visual art honors class students, from left, Kimberly Zaldivar, 18, Tiffany Roy, 16, Leslie Vazquez, 17, and Dulce Salas, 17, sit in front of their “Our Coast and Climate” mural that won first runner-up in the 2015 Wyland National “Water is Life” Mural and Art Challenge. The students spent more than 20 hours each throughout the course of a month to create the mural that is on display in their teacher Karen Morris-Weidner’s classroom.

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Cummings High School advanced visual art honors class students, from left, Kimberly Zaldivar, 18, Tiffany Roy, 16, Leslie Vazquez, 17, and Dulce Salas, 17, sit in front of their “Our Coast and Climate” mural that won first runner-up in the 2015 Wyland National “Water is Life” Mural and Art Challenge. The students spent more than 20 hours each throughout the course of a month to create the mural that is on display in their teacher Karen Morris-Weidner’s classroom.

Cummings students’ mural gets high marks at environmental art competition
By Isaac Groves The Times-News 2/12/16     
Reprinted with permission.  
 
Four girls are leaving their mark in an art room in Cummings High School — a 5-by-10-foot mural of a seascape.

Kim Zaldivar, Tiffany Roy, Leslie Vazquez and Dulce Salas spent all their class time from late October to late November painting the mural in Karen Morris-Weidner’s advanced visual arts honors class. Entered in the 2015 Wyland National “Water is Life” Mural and Art Challenge, the mural won first runnerup in the national competition of about 4,900 students.

“We got it done the very last day,” Salas said.

The competition’s theme was “Our Coast and Climate.” The Cummings mural, painted using acrylic paint, depicts the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, dunes, waves, sky and a sea turtle.

The sky was the most fun to paint, Vazquez said, because the four of them could stand on the counter and mix the colors.

“It was also the first thing; we were all still excited,” Roy said.

Each of them had her own paintings and incorporated those into the mural. Vazquez’s painting, “Along the Channel,” also tied for first place in the 11th-grade category.

Robert Wyland, the art competition’s namesake, is an international environmental artist, conservationist and muralist known for painting sea life pictures on the sides of skyscrapers around the world. Each year, the contest has a different theme related to the conservation of oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands.