LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin High School art student is using her skills in a more therapeutic way to help others. A sensory wall full of vibrant colors is the latest art piece in the special education department at Lufkin High School.
"The sensory wall gives them an opportunity to engage with certain things that they may shy away from in natural settings," said Morgan Crain, the special education and autism teacher.
This sensory wall was made by Lufkin senior and art student Corinne Rudis, who has a passion for making others happy through her abstract art.
"I just really enjoyed doing this because of what it would do, and how it would help the students," Rudis said.
"Corrine has always been very focused and interested in art," said Denise Davis, an art teacher at Lufkin High School.
A sensory wall is an interactive wall panel that is normally used for therapeutic purposes. The special education department at Lufkin High School used it in a similar way.
"This is for students that have trouble calming down or just focusing. You can just go over to the sensory wall, and it just draws all your senses in to what you're touching," Rudis said.
"She did a really great job of incorporating a lot of different materials, textures, and colors," Crain said. "All of our kids gravitate towards different things on the sensory wall."
Rudis took an entire semester to complete this visually stimulating master piece and said she let her creative side run free.
"I just had a lot of freedom with it because they were like, "Do whatever you want,'" Rudis said. "I remember my dad and I went up and down hardware store aisles picking up things, thinking, "This would be great for the sensory wall."
Teachers in the special education department at the high school said they plan on keeping the sensory wall up for years to come.
Rudis is taking her art talents to New York. She got accepted into the Fashion Institute of technology in the Big Apple.