Opinion / Editorial
Expression Through Art: The New FDHS Mural
September 12, 2013Douglass High School
Over the summer, art teacher, Ms. Dopson, and student China Smith recreated the mural that graces the bottom floor of Frederick Douglass High School.
“ It’s a great inspirational mural. I’m very happy to see how it was modified to give meaning to what Frederick Douglass stood for, “ CFEAT teacher, Mr. Jenkins said.
Throughout the 2 months of work Ms. Dopson and Smith both kept in mind that students would see the mural daily and that it would have a great influence. The two worked with the intentions of inspiring students to do their best, to be creative, and to increase school pride. “ I wanted the mural to inspire students to graduate and to improve school spirit, but I also wanted it to give a brief history through the depictions of the Egyptians and slaves, “ Ms. Dopson said. The art piece was also intended to reflect Frederick Douglass, in all of its glory, as the best school in Atlanta Public Schools.
Although each artist enjoys their creation as a whole, they have favorite portions of the painting. The ancient Egypt section is Smith’s favorite part of the mural. Ms. Dopson enjoys the FDHS drum line section of the mural.
“ I think it’s a nice visual representation of what Frederick Douglass High School is as a whole, “ senior, Jamariel Hobbs, said.
by Devion J. Lewis