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Byram Hills Art Students Paint Their Mark

ARMONK, N.Y. – A group of Byram Hills High School art students are putting the finishing touches on a permanent footprint in the school as they complete a hallway mural painting in the chemistry wing.

“What’s great about this is that the students have a special connection to the painting because they can come back years from now and go see it and say ‘I worked on that’,” said art teacher John Lopez.

Thirty-four Students from the advanced drawing and AP studio art classes worked on the mural that spans the length of the chemistry wing. Each student drew one scientist or scientific instrument that the chemistry students study throughout the year.  Lopez said that the art students worked very closely with the chemistry department in order to make sure that the painting went along with the science curriculum.  Planning for the project goes back to late last year and the students began laying out the mural in September.

With so many students collaborating on one large project, Lopez said it was important to monitor the overall work.

“We design and sketch out the basic layout of the mural and there’s a master artist who looks over the whole piece which is myself,” Lopez said.  “But in terms of the detail and proportion sizes that was up to the students.”

The final mural even has local ties, featuring the Muppets characters Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker created by Jim Henson, the late Muppets creator and a former Armonk resident.

Lopez’s classes have done similar murals in past years in the music and foreign language wings of the school and says it’s a great way to teach a special lesson to the students.

“Having a permanent project here in the school that the students can look at every day gives them a special sense of pride that can’t necessarily be taught,” Lopez said.

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