Spotlight on…the Social Studies Murals

Brynn Lewis, Staff Writer 
 
Catherine Dubois, a twelfth grade student from the 2013-2014 graduating class, tried to convey how Social Studies is an examination of the world and its many facets in her amazing muralThe many subparts of the mural are people or aspects that have shaped history or philosophy or any other area of study within the realm of humanities. Some are more concrete, some abstract but that’s what life and the study of life really is, she says, mentioning that she chose the image of hands holding a globe to show how people study the world. Her mural makes sure to balance both the abstract and the concrete, including “wars fought and won” and “socio-political ideologies and their estimated causes and effects.” She also captured the “search for knowledge” aspect of learning by showing cracks in the globe with mysterious stars peeking through underneath—our understanding of the world is still only a scratch at the surface of its true depthDubois’s mural isn’t only deep metaphors, though; she included a Velociraptor near the bottom right as a nod to a shared joke with her sister. But considering the pop culture popularity of dinosaurs (Jurassic World is coming out, guys!), it’s definitely still a part of the society we’ve grown up in. Catherine Dubois wanted to leave a mark on the school with her social mural, and I think everyone can agree that it is a pretty fantastic one. 

 

The second mural featured in the social hall is called Reel Time after the film reels painted in it to help with the “framing events through time, from the pyramids all the way to the rockets blasting off.”  Megan Klak, Victoria Chiu, and Mary Landro entered the mural competition thinking only one plan would be accepted to decorate the social studies hallway, but the judges (Mr. Eschak and the administration) liked their design so much that they were told to paint a second mural for the school with it. They decided to include students, standing as if they were looking at the wall, to represent how young people interact with current and past world events in social class. The road to creating a mural was not always smooth—Klak and the team spent a lot of time trying to make sure that their images really reflected the diversity of the social studies curriculum—but the result is truly stunning. The mural is dotted with flags, historical figures, and monumental events. A lot of the subject matter is serious, but the team had a hidden sense of humour: the image of Gandhi was temporarily painted over to become the superhero Iron Man, although it was quickly changed back to its former state. 

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