Friday, January 25, 2019

Student Helps Bring MS Culture to Visual Life

Olivia works on a new collaborative mural with students and Mrs. Fake. She is key in designing the mural to reflect the culture of the Middle School. This mural is "colorful and action-oriented".

Owen J. Roberts High School senior and president of the Art Cub, Olivia Kenny, has post-High School plans for art study. But while still in high school, she is putting her skill sets to work every day as a teacher’s assistant in Mrs. Ingrid Fake’s Middle School art room. During the final period of the day, Olivia takes a quick walk from the High School over to the Middle School where she applies her talents to help the teacher and assist students in creating new murals for the stair wells.

In the photo of Olivia directly above, she stands in front of a mural in which she spent hours cleaning up the design. She used her creativity to bring the black and white images together in the middle of the mural incorporating the work of a community of students to make the final image pop with power and cohesiveness of design. She was able to tie all the images from Aladdin together with a wave of sparkle--a nod to the magic of the show. (Aladdin was a major musical production at the Middle School in 2017. “Olivia has an uncanny ability to interpret ideas and have them make sense visually,” said Mrs. Fake. The mural in progress now, "is colorful and action-oriented," said Olivia.

While many high school students apply for teacher assistant positions at the High School, Olivia thought the Middle School may be able to use her skills and her application was accepted.  Her year-long service will end with concrete additions to the Middle School. Olivia is also a member of the National Art Honor Society.

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