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Freshmen to Paint New Mural

Freshmen to Paint New Mural

by Lukas Hoffman

Northside, already home to a number of murals, is set to receive another in the coming months. Unlike previous projects, the new mural will be worked on by every incoming freshman, who will each paint a tile depicting the Northside value they identify with the most. Every freshman will choose from a number of different values, and decide what Northside means to them. Mrs. Kelly Mest, principal, has been planning the project ever since the window of the attendance office was boarded up last year, hoping to use the opportunity to beautify the school. Ms. Joanne Minyo, Art Chair, who has led a number of Northside’s past art projects including the Celestial Garden, is in charge of the mural. However, even for Ms. Minyo, the project is ambitious. “I like doing big projects that kids can make a mark on the school with,” said Minyo, “but I haven’t done anything this big since we worked on the Celestial Garden.”

At this year’s freshman orientation, each incoming student received a sheet with the prompt to plan their tile design, and were given time to think about their choices. Moreover, several Northside ceramics students helped the freshman create their designs. One of these students, Tallulah Cartalucca, Adv. 910, said, “I think it’s going to be a big success. They did a really good job with the prompt, and I think their designs turned out great.”

Starting September 19, students will begin to transfer their designs from paper to ceramic during X and Y blocks. According to Ms. Minyo, completing the project will require a substantial amount of work. “It will take around 3 weeks to get all the painting done,” said Ms. Minyo, “and then they still have to be fired and glazed.” Although the process may sound simple, each step is time consuming, and there are hundreds of tiles to be completed. Luckily, Ms. Minyo has a number of volunteers to help her with the process. When asked about the timeline of the mural, Ms. Minyo said, “I hope it will be done by the end of the semester.”

If this year’s mural is successful, it could become a tradition for incoming Northside freshmen. Ms. Minyo believes that the tiles can become an important reminder to each class of where they began their days at Northside.“The goal is to have something that each year, freshmen can add to,” said Ms. Minyo, regarding the future of the project. “With each class, the mural can grow in size and become a bigger part of Northside.”

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