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Capital High School students design stained glass benches

Posted at 8:38 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:09:24-04

HELENA – Capital High School’s design application students are taking pieces of glass and turning them into works of art such as stained glass benches.

Jack Bennett, 17, and Mykael Loppie, 15, were able to view their finished bench, a dragon, for the first time on Wednesday.

“I probably chose a dragon because I read Eragon and I really liked that as a kid,” Bennett said. “I read it a couple of times actually.”

He said the challenging part was sanding all of the glass pieces together to create the design.

Loppie created a bench with an elephant and a giraffe design. She’s giving it to her mother.

“She and my brothers are just obsessed with elephants and giraffes and stuff so I based it off what my mom would want for a gift for Mother’s Day,” she said.

Genevieve Anderson, the design applications and sculptures teacher, said she is proud of her students.

“They inspire me, I go home feeling excited, and I think as a teacher getting to see that change and getting to see kids so proud of themselves and believe in their ability to do art, and problem solve, and almost engineer a project, is pretty fascinating, I love seeing that in kids,” Anderson said.

The students created 30 benches, which was the highest amount the class has ever made.