Students in Art Academy Class will Paint Mural at University School for Young Children

by News Bureau on Monday, Jun. 17, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 17, 2013 – Children ages 10-18 enrolled in a Mural class through the Summer Art Academy at Southeast Missouri State University will try their hands painting a mural at the University School for Young Children, 2089 Bessie Street, June 24-28.

Craig Thomas, a local muralist who has painted murals around Cape Girardeau, including the Mississippi River Tales Mural, will assist the children. Also assisting will be Dr. Carol Horst, Southeast instructor of art and middle and secondary education.

The mural will follow the theme, “Seasons of Missouri,” and will feature recognizable local and Missouri landmarks, including the Discovery Playhouse in downtown Cape Girardeau, the St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball team, the Academic Dome at Southeast, the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge in downtown Cape Girardeau, local hospitals and the Ozark Trail.

The class will paint the mural in the school’s Large Gross Motor Room.

“We are thrilled to work with an established muralist within the local community. It is a great opportunity to utilize the University and provide a space for older children to experience a new form of creative expression,” said Rebecca Moore, site director at the University School for Young Children.

Children admitted into the University School for Young Children are between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years old. Their mission is to provide education and childcare for preschool-aged children and training for Southeast students.

According to Rebecca Moore, there are about four walls to be painted. Summer Art Academy students will finish as much of the wall space with Thomas and Horst as possible during the week. The painted murals will be a process spanning over the next several years until all are completed.