The problem that has been on La Plata students’ minds for a long time concerns the bland ambiance of the hallways. Well, Mr. Dolan has found the solution. Last year he approached National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and asked them to brighten up the hallways. His idea was painting murals throughout the school dedicated to each department. The murals started as a group effort last year centered in the social studies hallway. NAHS got as far as they could through the year, but with many other projects, it got put on the back burner. By the end of the school year, the mural was not fully completed, so senior Ben Butler came into school over the summer and finished it. While he wasn’t able to get to the other hallways, he was able to set the standard for everyone.
This year, Ben and others still aim to finish their mission of painting murals in each department’s hallway. From this idea, the Mural Club was born; it is an extension of National Art Honor Society in the sense that both clubs have the same members in both. However, you don’t need to be a member of NAHS to be a member of Mural club. Rather, it is open to anyone that likes to paint and has an artistically-inclined mind.
The mural that the club has been working on since the third week of school is located in the math hallway. It was intended for the mural to be completed before the holidays, but, while the mural club has been making good progress, there is still a lot more to do for it. The mural includes geometric shapes, abstract ideas, and lots of ridges throughout the hallway.
The club itself is going along great as “every one is independent, works a lot, and has good pace,” according to Ben Butler. All the members are working together in an effort to further the math mural. Almost every day during PRIDE time, you can see them working on it. With this pace, the math mural was intended to be completed upon return to school following winter break. So far, the murals are being received greatly by staff and students, with the students’ having a positive opinion towards them. The mural located in the social studies hallway was a great surprise for both returning and entering students, and it gave rise to great expectations for the one being done in the math hallway. So far, these expectations have been met.
It’s been a while since La Plata High School itself has commissioned art from the students, so this recent batch of artistic endeavors will be a breath of fresh air.