New big red mural helps beautify 200 hall
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While many of the changes this year dealt with class or faculty changes, some involved school beautification. Over the summer, senior Evelise Monteagudo painted a mural of a terrier running through a brick wall on the second floor. “I wanted to paint the mural because I thought it would be a good way to show some school spirit and terrier pride,” Monteagudo said. “It was [also] a good way to leave my mark on the school because this is my last year.” Art teacher Caitlin Clay assisted Monteagudo with the project. “[Monteagudo] is also in NAHS which is a service interest club, so the kids have to do service hours that are specifically art oriented, so that [counted] as school beautification,” Clay said.
The process was complex as Monteagudo had to follow many steps before she could even begin painting. “I had to sketch out a draft of what I wanted the mural to look like on paper and then I had to schedule a meeting with Mr. Brady and Mr. Brooks to get it approved,” Monteagudo said. In the meeting, she had to explain why and where she wanted to paint the mural. “Once they were happy with the design, they had to get approval from the district to make sure it was ok to do it in a historic building,” Clay said.
Finally, Monteagudo coordinated with Clay in order to get materials such as paint, tarp, and brushes. “Before I started, I had to draw the design with pencil on the wall and once I thought it was pretty good, I painted over the pencil,” said Monteagudo.
She faced some challenges other than dealing with bureaucracy including painting on such a large scale and making sure the details were straight and proportional. In order to help with the process, senior Ashley Crisafulli helped Monteagudo paint the mural.
Monteagudo hopes that students will take pictures with the mural. “I think it’ll boost school spirit and make everyone feel proud to be part of the big red,” Monteagudo said, “I wanted to inspire other people to want to paint and show their love for the school.”
There is another plan for a mural on the third floor of the main building this year as well. “That one is going to focus more on sort of extracurricular things so it’ll have some things to do with the band and some of the sports on campus and some of our other clubs and activities,” Clay said.