The now colorful room, featuring a floor-to-ceiling mural with monkeys, giraffes, grassland, trees and lions, is located on the labor and delivery floor and is used to bathe and care for newborns at the hospital.
“It is beautiful,” said Irma Bejarano, director of the mother/baby unit. “The students and teachers far more than met our expectations. We had expected a little thing, because that is what we asked for at first. But it’s the most colorful room in the entire hospital. Everyone loves it.”
It took the three teachers and about 20 students about two months to create the mural. They worked through intersession, evenings and every spare minute they had, said Candi Printz, an art teacher at El Dorado.
“We knew right away we wanted to do the whole room,” Printz said. “So we asked and they agreed. As we progressed everyone – teachers, students and hospital staff – got more and more excited.”
She is proud that the students were dedicated to the long-term project.
“They just pushed through,” Printz said. “This mural is something that will outlast them in high school. They should be proud they created a bright, happy and cheerful place for babies and parents.”
She also is honored that the hospital asked the art department to do the mural. The hospital, a Partner in Education, also often helps El Dorado High School.
“They are always there when we need a space to showcase art or some kind of event,” Printz said. “This was our chance to do something nice for them.”
The mural was officially unveiled with a reception earlier this spring. Students signed their art work and showed their creation to their parents.
Ana Frias, 11th grader at El Dorado, was thrilled to contribute to the mural.
“Knowing people are going to see this makes me so happy,” Frias said. “Because I know it’s my work. It will be there for a long time. It’s been a fun experience.”