Principal Angela Sugarek said that the seeds of the new Around the World – Global Architecture mural started with Hogg student Tremayne Edwards, who is in Hogg’s Skills for Learning and Living program.
“Tremayne has a near photographic memory and can draw just about anything he sees,” said Sugarek. “He saw images from Paris in a movie and started reproducing them in art class with Ms. Ozanic. She liked the style of his drawing and shared it with her Art 1 class.”
Art teacher Kati Ozanic’s students decided to use a similar style for their mural.
“I think the source of this mural is important because it demonstrates the power of inclusion in our schools,” said Sugarek.
Since October, Ozanic and her students have been hard at work. First they brainstormed the iconic architecture that they wanted to include. Then they had to grid it out and sketch the pieces in pencil before they started painting.
The result is an appropriate embellishment to the halls of an International Baccalaureate middle school. The Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, the Colosseum, and the Parthenon are just a few of the structures that made the mural. It was a work of moving pieces and adjustments right up to the finish line. Student Ylana Santos said that one important Texas building was supposed to be on the mural and then they realized it wasn’t.
“We added the Alamo,” she said.
Eighth grader Natalie Tallichet was going to do an eagle for each country but in the end contented herself with one.
The mural was finished just before spring break. Students were honored at a reception and ribbon cutting where they signed their names to the mural and ate cake.
The Around the World mural is only the beginning for the walls of Hogg. A second mural by another group of students is currently in the beginning stages out side Sugarek’s office and the space has been chosen for a third.
“In general, I think murals are important for Hogg because we are lucky enough to have an art teacher who is a professional muralist,” said Sugarek. “Through planning, drawing and painting murals, Ms. Ozanic is able to share her talent and passion with students while also helping them see the positive difference art can make in their community.”
All students at Hogg Middle School take either a performing or visual arts class in every grade.
“Art matters and student murals are a high impact, lasting way to demonstrate this ideal,” she said.