Merrill High School Preserves Mural PaintingsSubmitted: 06/18/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

Merrill High School Preserves Mural Paintings
Photos By Shardaa Gray

MERRILL - When students hear the bell ring on the last day of school, they normally don't want to come back until they have to.

But a few students went right back inside to beautify their school.

Honors Art students started painting murals around the high school last week.

The program started nine years ago.

Thirteen students are painting four foot by six foot scaled designs on the brick walls.

"It's quite an honor. It's an honor to leave their mark on this high school," said Merrill Art Teacher, Linda DeBroux

"This year I believe we have eight returning muralist and they all said yes for a second round."

Painting these murals can take more than 12 hours a day.

It might look easy, but preparation takes a long time.

"Before we even start we have to pick out our mural and get it sketched out on a huge piece of paper. Then get it matted," Merrill High School junior, Megan Smith said.

"Then we have to do the base coat which takes a lot longer and then you just go at it. Paint and paint and paint."

The framing will be drilled into the wall to preserve the paintings.

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