A fish to a tiger to an artist
Murals turn ‘old RHS’ into gallery
Get it? Above, the tiger escapes from his cage at the “Rockdale Fair.” You can just see the escaped tiger’s tail at the bottom right end of the mural. Then, at right, as art club president Benito Costilla and instructor Cynthia Urban look on, he walks through the fair and enters Rockdale High School, where he will turn up in a variety of murals. It’s all part of a many months project by RHS art students which will get its public unveiling at 6 p.m. Thursday in the campus’s Fine Arts Open House.
Reporter/Mike Brown When lockers were removed from the 1950s-era part of Rockdale High School, most saw unsightly walls.
The school’s art students, and teachers, saw an opportunity.
More than a dozen murals many linked by narratives, will get their public unveiling at 6 p.m. Thursday as the school hosts a Fine Arts Open House. The art open house will be followed at 7 p.m. by the annual Parade of Bands concert in the auditorium. (See page 1A.)
Benito Costilla, RHS Art Club president, who spearheaded the project along with art teacher Cynthia Urban, said the idea originated with nowretired teacher Fayelee Cox.
Costilla came up with concepts for the series of murals and students quickly got on board.
Urban said more than 100 RHS students, in art and also the iTigers group, have worked on murals.
“You’ll see many of them coming back af ter school, working on their individual murals,” she said.
More murals are planned as more students and groups have become involved in the project.
Below, it’s not all tigers. Guess what RHS organization painted this mural? Right, the Golden Girls drill team. ‘Next door’ neighbor Brittany Galvan works on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes mural.
Above (L-R), when freshmen (fish) travel through high school guess what they turn into? Why, tigers of course. Mural outside science classroom shows skeleton of—what else?—a tiger. And the geography mural portrays a tiger taking a world sized bite out of the globe.