Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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February 28, 2014

On eve of retirement, muralist leaves her mark

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School murals beautify many spaces: one with Batesville Middle School seventh-grade art students, another called “Biomes” with the help of artist Andrea Grimsley and Batesville Primary School third-graders, and a third with St. Louis School seventh-graders entitled “…And a Child Shall Lead Them.”

Four more murals adorn the walls of her home school, BIS: “Our Enchanted Forest” assisted by Grimsley, Indiana history and Indiana wildlife with fourth-graders and one exploring the music curriculum with fifth-graders.

Two she painted single-handedly at BPS, “Food for the Land” in the cafeteria in 2008 and one about music during Christmas break in 2011-12. She recalls, “I moved into the music room ... and painted night and day till it was finished. That was a really fun and productive way to work. I brought in a little bed, lots of food, CDs and all my supplies and painted. No distractions, just the work and a few visits and care packages from a good friend!”

Education: Dillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati

Teaching young artists: Third-graders are artistically fearless. They will try anything and feel good about their creations. By fourth grade, they are noticing that the way they draw and the way things look are not the same and often insecurity about their ability creeps in. I like to think that I have been helpful to many kids to learn some drawing skills so that they do not give up at this juncture. I hope that I have helped students understand that art is so much more than what something looks like. I can be goofy sometimes and this age gets me. They are my people! ... The art that comes out of kids this age is so very creative. I love their ways of expression. There is so much sincerity and often such a very deep level of thinking in their work, if one really looks and asks questions. Every year I encounter a few potential art superstars.

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