Sequoyah High School is known for its artistic influences throughout the school. The administration at Sequoyah encourages the arts, and has allowed the entire fine arts hallway to be covered in various one-foot-square murals painted by students in the painting and AP studio classes.
In addition to the indoor artwork, four large murals are displayed in the outdoor courtyard for students to enjoy during their lunch.
Senior Lex Lauletta chose to create a new mural in the courtyard for his senior project.
“After seeing a bunch of kids take pictures in front of the murals, I realized I wanted to make my mark and help create memories even after I graduate. Doing the mural is more than just a project to me; I want it to serve the students by brightening up the dullness of a regular school day,” Lauletta said.
The focus of Lauletta’s mural was influenced by his participation on the school’s football team. Lauletta is a three year letter winner and plays Quarterback for the Chiefs. He was named most valuable player this past season.
“Principal Berman’s ‘Mighty Chief Sequoyah’ speech every Friday morning before a big game inspired me to incorporate a chief into my mural. The speech was always something I looked forward to in order to get me pumped for my game that day,” Lauletta said.
The mural on the courtyard wall will take close to ten hours to complete, and Lauletta is getting help from his project facilitator, Kip Rogers, a local artist whose murals are already scattered around the school.
Kim Brown has been Lauletta’s art teacher for three years and has noticed Lauletta has discerning eye for detail that allows him to draw with extreme accuracy.
Even though he is naturally talented, Lauletta has put countless hours into preparing for the mural. For example, he helped out with the Holiday Lights of Hope in Woodstock, which is a community event which celebrates the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. He painted a 8’ by 15’ backdrop for the event.
“Lex will create a successful mural because he has strong drawing skills and has the willingness to learn whatever he needs to know for this project. Lex is highly motivated and not afraid to ask the right questions,” said Brown.
Because art and football are both things he enjoys, Lauletta’s dream is to pursue a graphic design major at Yale while also playing football.
The mural should be finished before this school year ends; the students are excited to see the results.