By: Brandon Dung
The 600s hallway, also recognized as the arts hallway, is always a memorable place for current students, alumni, or any other visitors to Glen Allen High School. Everyone walks into the hall in amazement as they see the craftsmanship in each and every work of art. Some admirers even take pictures and selfies by them. As their final project, senior art students are invited to decorate the hallway with a beautiful mural of their choice. From the opening of the school, the walls have been getting filled as each senior class graduates, making it what it is now. Each mural is completely different from each other as well the meaning behind them, but the things that connects them all together, regardless of everything, are the achievement. Being able to paint a mural shows the dedication of a student willing to take visual arts for four to five consecutive years straight. The excitement of underclassmen as they watch seniors paint is evident, seeing themselves painting their own mural one day.
As each class continues to add onto the hall, the spaces become limited. For the past three years, students have been trying to obtain extra space for murals so that previous ones do not have to be covered. The Class of 2015 were granted an alcove to allow for their entire class to paint new spaces. The following year, however, students had to cover up past murals in order to make room for theirs. In order to avoid such tragedy, I led the initiative to obtain more space by talking to administrators, teachers, staff, as well as the former principal of Glen Allen High School, Gwen Miller. I rallied Glen Allen to the extent of creating a petition, gaining over 500+ signatures towards the cause, but ultimately the attempt was unsuccessful.
This year the Jags were able to get a brand new hallway for the Class of 2018, allowing eighteen new murals to be added. It also serves as the connecting factor for the area between the hall and alcove. The process begins with students forming a general idea of what one wants their mural to be. Then, the student will make it come to life on paper, fitting the design to a grid and making it proportionate to the wall itself. Next our murals are placed in certain areas so that it can accommodate space as well as complement each other. Finally sketching and painting on the wall begins which could take weeks until the finished product. As the year comes to a close for seniors, murals are beginning to finish as we leave our mark upon our former home, yet we will always be part of the Jaguar family.