Nampa High School classes collaborate on project for Dia de Los Muertos
“Legends” by Nampa High School students will be featured Saturday as part of the Dia En Downtown event from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Elks Lodge, 1116 1st St. S.
For the project, Nadia Housel’s Spanish 4 students wrote legends and then commissioned illustrations of their story from students in Christina Wilkens, printmaking class.
“This is a very fun project. The kids love it. I see that all their imaginations come together to create these legends,” Housel said.
Students worked for the past three weeks which included meeting in joint class sessions to review stories and sketches, polishing English and Spanish versions of the legends, and carving images and printing them for final display.
11th Grader Marlon Villatoro wrote a legend featuring a tragic romance similar to Romeo and Juliet and he worked with 11th Grader Samantha Meske for the illustration. “It’s just like how I pictured in my head,” Villatoro said of her illustrations. “It brings it to life just how I wrote it.”
Meske said the collaboration helped spark her creativity as artist.
“A lot of times, I get artist block and I can’t come up with anything and so having an idea to actually represent that’s fun, it’s a challenge,” Meske said.
Wilkens said this project also gives her art students an important experience.
“We try to connect the arts in a real life way,” she said. “As artists, you are oftentimes asked either through your actual job or simply as an artist who works independently to be hired for a task so having students be asked to work with someone else to develop an idea to make it richer to maybe bring imagery to is something that artists do every day.”
Visitors to the exhibit on Saturday can read nearly 20 stories and prints in a display at the Elks.
Wilkens is excited the work was available for the public to view.
“Any time the outside community can see what our kids are doing and the quality of the work that they are doing, the complexity and effort put into it, I think helps them understand our kids a little better,” she said. “And the reverse happens, too. It helps students understand what’s happening in the city they live in.”