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NAHS Paints Mural at Monroe Crossing

Pictured are NAHS students painting the mural at Monroe Crossing.

Members of the National Art Honor Society painted a mural on a wall inside Monroe Crossing Mall in less than 24 hours. Senior Addie Sykes designed the painting from artwork created by special needs children from the Sharing Our HeARTs Art Show. 

On Saturday afternoon, the Piedmont High School National Art Honor Society began to work on the masterpiece that is now on a wall in Monroe Mall.  Addie Sykes (a senior in the club) took components from many children's artwork to design the big picture.  The special needs children from the Sharing Our HeARTs art show were truly an inspiration.  The art show is an annual event that takes place every spring in Monroe Mall.  According to Sykes, “I decided to add faces to the flowers to make characteristics to represent different children with different features.  We have a short flower, a tall flower, a chubby flower, one with glasses and braces, and a flower with a crutch.”  The students started by creating a grid, foot by foot at around 2:00 pm. The wall is 12 feet high and 43 feet long. After the grid was completed, they began to draw an outline of the mural. Around 25 students participated in the creation of the mural, which was finished around 3:00 a.m.!

NAHS member Shelby Mullis reflected on the experience, “I’m excited about the mural because I feel like people walking by will see it and ask what it’s for; then, someone will tell them that it’s about the way that art gives all of us a way to express ourselves, no matter who you are or what your life is like. And I hope that they will have a different idea about art because of it.”  NAHS advisor Tracy Price added that “Words cannot express how proud I am of the students who worked on the mural! They collaborated; problem solved, and used their artistic talents to create a work of art that will hopefully make people smile for many years to come!”

Written by: Tracy Price, NAHS Advisor
Posted: Nov 28, 2011 by Donna Helms

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