Oxford Area High School seniors create mural for music wing
● By Steven Hoffman
Since last spring, the hallway of Oxford Area High School that houses the instrumental and vocal music education classrooms and practice spaces, affectionately known as the “West Wing,” has sported a design as lively as the sounds that fill those classrooms.
A mural dedicated to the spirit of music was painted in the west wing by seniors Hannah Bartlett, Emily Stewart and Gina Pilaitis. Gina designed and coordinated the mural painting as her graduation project.
Gina, Hannah and Emily were among the first members of the art club organized by art teachers Valerie Hill and Jennifer Muehlmatt at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. “When we started art club in October of 2016, the girls had really wanted to do a mural,” said Hill. “Mrs. Muehlmatt and I only gave them a few parameters and the girls really executed this on their own.”
The mural was completed after two years of planning and execution by the three students. Once a week, they would stay after school and work on the mural for one-and-half to two hours.
“They were able to sketch and design a scale model of the mural for approval, then spent many hours working on it,” said Mrs. Hill. “They are so talented!”
The mural covers nearly all of the long hallway of the west wing, with large letters spelling out MUSIC over a flowing musical scale. Depicted within each letter are the instruments used by the high school musicians.
Gina saw the mural as a natural graduation project, and will continue her artistic endeavors after high school, when she to plans to study fine arts and is hoping to attend New York University.