Art students create mural for BHS Commons

posted Feb 4, 2019, 1:05 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 4, 2019, 1:38 PM ]
BHS Commons Mural

BHS Advanced Placement Art Students and Art Club Members, in coordination with their principal LaDonna Chancellor and teacher Rhonda Williams, have completed a mural in the corridor leading from the older buildings to the Commons.

The mural has been in the planning stages since last spring and was completed in three weeks after the 2018-19 Winter Break. It depicts 19 individual portraits from different eras, cultures, and backgrounds. The subjects made a positive impact in the world.

The vision for the mural came from BHS Principal Chancellor, who wanted all students to be able to see versions of themselves in it. Some portraits are of more familiar people while others are lesser known. It is expected that viewers might look up information about people they are unfamiliar with to learn about their history. The representations include national, state, and local historical figures.

Some students chose a person to paint from the list of 19 people based on shared passions with the individual, such as sports, writing, or dancing. Other students based their selection on how a particular person had impacted their life, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Wilma Mankiller.

The portraits are in Pop Art Style and painted in monochromatic blue. Art Club planned the mural to fit in with the architecture and interior design of the Commons by adding geometric shapes around the portraits. Each portrait also includes a positive descriptive word of the person being portrayed.

It is the hope of everyone involved that the mural will be educational, uplifting, and visually pleasing to all viewers. The students also painted a quote by Ingrid Newkirk to capture the essence of the mural: “Never doubt that one person can make a difference.”
Art Students
Art students Kelsi Graves, Hannah Rencountre, Heather Rawlings, Jacey Dyck, Amber King, and Rohan Patel

Art students
Art students Logan Demaray, Jaden Marda, Christina Guernsey, Audry Munkirs, Jenna Gunter, Maria Snider, Aniseh Henio, Liberty Peatling, and Ashlyn Sweat

Art Club students
Art Club students: (standing) Charlett Tucker, Brooke Taylor, Leo Sutton, Laura Snider, and Eva Valdez; (sitting) Hannah Demaray and Jazmin Avila-Lara

(Not pictured are Rosemary Davis, Elizabeth Galvan Munoz, Honesty Hester, and two other students who participated in the project.)