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Artists recreates USN murals 30 years later

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Artist Myles Maillie first created the murals in 1987. (WSMV) Artist Myles Maillie first created the murals in 1987. (WSMV)

Thirty years ago, University School of Nashville wanted to make sure students understood they were attending a place where creativity mattered.

They figured some colorful, polka dot painted walls might do the trick, and they were right.

Nashville artist Myles Maillie took on the challenge in 1987. The school’s older art students painted with him.

Now, Maillie has a fresh batch of the school’s art students to do it again.

Maillie is as colorful as his creations, and he’s at it again. He is repainting the mural he and the art students painted 30 years ago.

“This is the final touches. It’s great having 10 hands working so you can do a lot in one hour,” Maillie said.

The students are careful and precise with their paintbrush, but they don’t feel pressure.

Ella Stack likes Maillie’s style.

“He was surprisingly free with his instructions. He just said, ‘Paint dots here.’ Which made me nervous since I’m not used to that kind of freedom,” Stack said.

That freedom breeds confidence, which leads to quality. Maillie learned that concept through his lifetime of painting.

He understands his audience, which is 10-year-olds at USN.

“When they come in … they open their eyes and realize, I’m in a different place, and they really are here,” Maillie said.

He said the most important consideration is to paint something that the children are going to like.

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