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Graffiti artists educate, inspire MCC students

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  • Students join artist Bill Weyna, second from left, fill in the graffiti-inspired mural Thursday at McHenry County College. Helping out, from left, are Ivan Burik of Crystal Lake, Weyna, Katie Barucca of McHenry, Erick Marchessault of Cary and Jake Kvidera of McHenry. Students helped with the mural between classes and during their lunch break.

       Students join artist Bill Weyna, second from left, fill in the graffiti-inspired mural Thursday at McHenry County College. Helping out, from left, are Ivan Burik of Crystal Lake, Weyna, Katie Barucca of McHenry, Erick Marchessault of Cary and Jake Kvidera of McHenry. Students helped with the mural between classes and during their lunch break.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • McHenry County College student, Laurissa Mortensen, of Genoa City, Wis., paints in the letters "MCC" in the freestyle sketch by Chicago artist Nino Rodriguez of Chicago Thursday at the Crystal Lake campus.

       McHenry County College student, Laurissa Mortensen, of Genoa City, Wis., paints in the letters "MCC" in the freestyle sketch by Chicago artist Nino Rodriguez of Chicago Thursday at the Crystal Lake campus.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago artist Nino Rodriguez gives McHenry County College student Laurissa Mortensen tips for painting on the graffiti-inspired mural he created Thursday. Rodriguez drew parts of the mural and students helped complete the painting.

       Chicago artist Nino Rodriguez gives McHenry County College student Laurissa Mortensen tips for painting on the graffiti-inspired mural he created Thursday. Rodriguez drew parts of the mural and students helped complete the painting.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Artist Bill Weyna of Chicago talks to McHenry County College students while fellow artist Stef Skills, also of Chicago, creates a graffiti name drawing for a student Thursday. Behind them, artist Nino Rodriguez of Chicago works on a graffiti-inspired mural in the lunch area. The three artists all have graffiti art backgrounds as well as other art specialties, and team up to talk to students about the art form.

       Artist Bill Weyna of Chicago talks to McHenry County College students while fellow artist Stef Skills, also of Chicago, creates a graffiti name drawing for a student Thursday. Behind them, artist Nino Rodriguez of Chicago works on a graffiti-inspired mural in the lunch area. The three artists all have graffiti art backgrounds as well as other art specialties, and team up to talk to students about the art form.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Taking a black felt-tipped marker to a large hanging canvas, Chicago artist Nino Rodriguez freestyle sketched a graffiti-inspired mural Thursday as students gathered to watch in the cafeteria area at McHenry County College.

The letters "MCC" were centered below an outline of the Chicago skyline, which featured an "el" train drawn in a 3-D style as it appeared to advance toward the viewer. After a rough sketch was drawn, students were invited to pick up a brush and paint in the scene alongside Rodriguez.

Artists Bill "Uneek" Weyna and Stef Skills, both of Chicago, have been in the graffiti arts since the 1980s and joined Rodriguez to talk and demonstrate the art with students.

Earlier in the day Rodriguez spoke to about 20 students about the history of the art form. He picked up the art style in 1984 and has traveled the world demonstrating his skills, known by his "graffiti name" Tsel One.

He stresses the type of graffiti he draws is not gang related. "Graffiti art is an extension of hip-hop art. It's all about elaborate lettering. It's definitely not about teaching kids how to write on walls," he said.

Student and self-described hobby artist Laurissa Mortensen of Genoa City, Wis., helped fill in the MCC letters in the mural and said she liked it.

When asked about what she learned, she said "It's really just (about) doing whatever and having fun. You just go with it," Mortensen said.

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