Words: Chy Murali
Many have seen the painted murals across the walls of Centennial High School. The masks near the auditorium and the piano surrounded by instruments in the hallway next to the orchestra room are some of the many projects the National Art Honors Society (NAHS) has undertaken since the past school year.
Claire Hafets, the principal, asked NAHS to beautify the school. After the designs had been approved by the administration, each mural was assigned a group to work on it. Around 30 artists began the project first by sanding the walls to insure that the pant would stick.
Nan Collins, one of the sponsors of NAHS, said the project was doing well.
“I think they’re excellent,” Collins said, “I think we have great artists.”
Collins is more concerned about the effort than the amount of time spent on working on the paintings. “I would rather take the time to do it well than do it fast and poorly.”
Christina Paul, a 2015 graduate of Centennial, has been working on the murals since last year, but only began painting this year. She finds the experience as something to be proud of.
“I personally have been working on them because it’s fun to work on something with my friends and to add something to my community that I’m proud of,” Paul said, “especially since I still feel very connected to National Art Honors Society.”
Students work on the murals once or twice a week, typically on Thursdays. The murals are expected to be completed next year.
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Words: Paul Didwall & Miranda Mason
Photo: Nan Collins (artwork by Morris Mou)
Late last week, a beautiful piece of artwork created by Morris Mou was taken from an art panel in the CHS hallway, according to art teacher Nan Collins. The painting took Mou between two and three weeks to paint and is very valuable to him. He needs this piece for his college portfolio. Any tips are appreciated and can be given to Ms. Nan Collins or emailed to email@example.com.
Collins stated, “I have been here 18-19 years and seldom do we have theft.” Collins believes that the painting will be able to be tracked down through word of mouth. “We have faith that the people in this school will come forward if they know anything.” stated Collins. Her main goal is to get the painting back for Morris, not to punish who took it.
The Centennial Administration is very active in helping find the painting. “We have a continuous stream of surveillance, and I”ll watch it until we find who took it down.” said Collins.