ART IN THE CLASSROOM — Sixth-graders Alexa Van Komen, 11, left, and Madison Fischer, 11, are immersed in the ocean they and their classmates painted with math teacher Lynn Simpkin and muralist Nancie Chopp in their Marina Village Middle School classroom. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

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Students paint island escape on classroom wall

By March 3, 2011

ART IN THE CLASSROOM — Sixth-graders Alexa Van Komen, 11, left, and Madison Fischer, 11, are immersed in the ocean and island mural they and their classmates painted with math and science teacher Lynn Simpkin and muralist Nancie Chopp in their Marina Village Middle School classroom. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Lynn Simpkin’s students might have a hard time concentrating in class these days.

Why? The ocean and sandy beach painted on her marina Village Middle School classroom wall beckons them.

Simpkin, muralist Nancie Chopp and the sixth-graders painted the mural as part of a lesson on island and ocean biomes. “We were looking for a way to incorporate art and science and this is what we decided upon,” Simpkin wrote in an e-mail.

The mural includes brightly colored fish, seaweed and a sandy beach complete with a palm tree and a curious crab.

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