Longmont seniors citizens inspire Skyline High art project

The room was abuzz with excitement as a group of art students from Skyline High School entered the lobby of the Atria Longmont senior living facility on Wednesday afternoon.

A month earlier, each of the 27 students in the advanced placement studio art and drawing class was paired with an Atria residents whose stories inspired the students’ final projects.

“It was a lot of fun to hear about all their adventures,” said Cerra Shattuck, a junior at Skyline. “I don’t get to interact with people like this a lot and it pushed me as an artist to make something for someone else. It was like getting my first commission.”

After meeting with the residents for more than three hours the students had a month to transform that conversation into a piece of art. Their creative representations ranged from portraits and scenes of cherished memories, to landscapes of their subject’s favorite place and memorials of their military service.

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