Adelante students unveil Dry Creek mosaic mural

Large mural result of science-meets-art project
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Adelante High School students recently put the final touches on a science-meets-art project nearly three years in the making.

The students unveiled their 40-foot long by 9.5-foot tall Dry Creek mosaic mural on the side of a classroom on the Roseville campus Nov. 18. The scene depicts a mountain range, a river and a natural landscape vibrant with animals — a skunk, fox, birds, salmon — and various flora.

“It’s pretty fun,” said student Tori Scicluna, as the mural neared completion. “I like working with everyone and I like ceramics.”

The project was designed to enhance the artistic skills and scientific knowledge of students, and is modeled after a science-art fusion program at the University of California at Davis, said Adelante teacher Katie Palatinus.

In her science class, students studied the riparian zone down at Dry Creek behind the school and determined what geologic factors and animals should be represented in the mural. In art class, they fired and glazed clay, and used grout to mount ceramic pieces on the wall.

Mural artist Jenny Reuter, of Newcastle, drafted the design. The school received $5,500 in grant money to fund the project.

“It’s really been a labor of love,” said art teacher Leslie Robinson. “It’s been a labor, sometimes I don’t love it.”

She said no one has messed with the mural over the past few years because the students feel a sense of ownership and pride in the large piece of art.

“People really appreciate it and you are the one that made it,” said student Jesse Salva. “It makes you happy.”

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