by: PHOTO BY KYLA DANOS - Culver art students Caleb Thompsom and Emma Knepp work on murals at the Desert Inn in Metolius.Students from art teacher Kyla Danos' classes at Culver High School and middle school were hard at work last Friday painting murals at the Desert Inn in Metolius.

Instead of relaxing on their day off — a teacher in-service day — several students spent nearly five hours painting a bucolic landscape, featuring Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood in the background, and logos for the Oregon State Beavers and University of Oregon Ducks. A third, graffiti-type mural, will be added later.

The murals were commissioned by Larry Semm, the owner of Desert Inn, who was assisting the students in raising money for a spring break 2015 trip to Paris, France, and Rome, Italy.

According to Danos, there are 13 students, from seventh grade to high school, signed up for the trip, which will cost $2,800 per student.

"The fundraisers are going toward excursions," said Danos.

"I'm pretty excited for the trip," said Emma Knepp, 13, who enjoyed painting the mural. "I'm really looking forward to it."

Hannah Orey, also 13, loves art work and painting. "I thought it was pretty cool," she said. "The mural is my favorite project."

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