DCHS instructor adds advanced art class focused on public art

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Brendan Heidner
Sunday, November 24, 2019
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The ‘D’ is traditionally painted every fall by the senior class at Dawson County High School. This years’ work by Natalia Carney, Kaylyn Hellman, Brecken Skillestad and Meadow Torres caught public attention for its quality and artistic value.

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From music to drawing to photography to acting, the arts are sometimes harder to find in smaller communities. Nevertheless, some artists of the future are getting their start right here in Glendive.

Charity Schreibeis began a brand new advanced art class this year with the first class of seven girls enrolled.

Her goal for the class is to do a mural inside the school and one in the community each year. Schreibeis is still figuring out logistics for doing murals in the community, but has already led the girls in her class to work on their first project in the school.

“I just wanted a class where I could really branch out and allow the kids to make their mark not only in the school, but in the community,” she said.

To Schreibeis, giving back to the community is important and one way she thought she could do that is through this class. As an advanced art class, most of the students are passionate about art, so she lets the students go and work on their own to show their ability and have that pride in their work.

Although unsure of when they will begin projects in the community, she has ideas for when they get there. She wants her students to get out in the community, be a part of it and help bring even more value to Glendive.

“I look at our town and am like, ‘this is such a cool town, but it can be so much cooler,’” Schreibeis said.

The class may not have projects to work on in the community yet, but a few girls from DCHS have given Glendive something it has not seen for a while. Natalia Carney, Kaylyn Hellman, Brecken Skillestad and Meadow Torres rallied together to bring one of the most admired class murals to the DCHS football field wall.

The mural was not the result of Schreibeis’ advanced art class, but the girls consulted her in their venture to create the mural.

“I think it was just different because we actually put a lot of effort into it and we tried and made time for it,” Carney said.

In working hard to create something that they are proud of and that the community is proud of, they learned a few things from completing it. Not all of them have plans to pursue a career in art, but their time in art has taught them patience, uniqueness in different art styles, and confidence.

“I think you learn from other people’s artwork, like the environment that you’re in helps you,” Hellman said.

They hope the product of their hard work will motivate future classes to step up and continue to make the mural better and better. The Glendive community has a lot to be proud of and for some students, the mural at the DCHS football field is where they learn to give back.

“The mural kind of gives the art kids a voice,” Skillestad said.

That voice continues to shout, and the four girls and Schreibeis hope Glendive can see the value – as they do – in bringing more art to town.

“I’m just really excited about where it’s going. It might take a while, but it’s going to be cool,” Schreibeis said.

Reach Brendan Heidner at news@rangerreview.com.

“I just wanted a class where I could really branch out and allow the kids to make their mark not only in the school, but in the community,”
Charity Schreibeis, DCHS art instructor

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