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LAK students spend part of summer brightening up hallways with mural

LORAIN — Admiral King’s hallways will be brighter this fall with the addition of a 19-panel mural drawn and painted this summer by students.

The mural will be placed in insets that exist below 19 windows of the school’s cafeteria. The panels are tied together by 12 wavy lines that start in the first panel and extend behind each successive design. Each line was drawn by one of the project contributors — three practiced artists, three Boys and Girls Clubs staff members and six Admiral King students.

“It symbolizes and visualizes unity,” said Fred Farschman, an art teacher at Elyria High School who is helping with the mural.

The summer artists spent time brainstorming the images they wanted to use to represent Admiral King. In the end, they chose several iconic images including “Admiral King” written in a graffiti style, the Admiral King logo of hands reaching toward a globe, and the Olympic rings to signify unity.

An interest in art brought the six students to the summer program.

“I like the actual drawing,” Yeshua Branch said.

He was working on painting a panel he had drawn of musical notes on a staff. The design was fitting for the 15-year-old drummer.

“I like to draw,” said Seth Bittner, 16.

“I’m not a good painter, though,” he continued, pointing to an area where he thought his brush strokes were a little too obvious.

Luckily, the three artist mentors will help with the finishing touches on each panel.

The student artists take pride in their work and are looking forward to the mural’s unveiling to other students.

“They’ll think, ‘I wish I could have done something like that,’ ” said Dylan Whitaker, 15. “Well, some of them will.”

That’s just what school officials are hoping for.

“We were excited to be chosen as a site to bring in an art mural,” said Diane Conibear, Admiral King’s interim principal. “We are enhancing the building and bringing pride back to the building.”

School spirit is definitely an intended outcome of the mural project.

“I’m hoping it will give them a sense of pride — it’s colorful, and it’s something to be excited about,” said Rick Grahovac, artist and executive director of Common Ground, one of the sponsoring organizations.

Work on the mural began after the end of the school year and will continue for a couple more weeks. No definite end date has been set, but previous murals have taken 40 to 60 hours to complete, and Grahovac expects this one to follow that pattern.

After the mural is completed, there will be an unveiling ceremony to show off the new artwork and recognize the students involved in its execution. That probably will happen during the third week of August, according to Conibear.

The mural project was a collaboration of Common Ground, the Boys and Girls Club of Lorain County, and Admiral King. Common Ground runs the mural program and has created nine other murals in various locations around Lorain County, and it recently was awarded funding from the United Way of Greater Lorain County to continue its program through the next school year.

Contact Alison Dietz at 329-7128 or


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