Tuesday, July 9, 2013

black and white photo of lovers #9

Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh
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I think I mentioned a post or two ago that the camp where I am teaching art for the summer is in an older school and has a lovely history. Today, a woman who graduated in 1949 came to visit with her son, and particularly to see the art room where we have our classes.
She loved her art classes at this high school. From what I've gathered, this school placed an enormous importance on art training, which, from my knowledge, is somewhat unusual. There is a gorgeous fragment of a mural framed in the front hall of the school. It was uncovered during recent renovations. During the 1929-1930 school year, students competed and entered sketches to win the chance to paint a mural within the school. The girl who won painted two women depicting Peace and Knowledge against a backdrop of pyramids, stonehenge, and skyscrapers, which, according to the plaque on the wall, represent "the accomplishments of man" and a serpent who represents the evil man has overcome.  The painting is incredible and clearly the girl who painted it had a strong background in art history and famous paintings and technical skill.
Anyway, I love how much this school loves art.
I hope you all have a lovely night!
xo, Amanda