The Phoenix Reporter and Item (http://www.phoenixvillenews.com)

Literacy comes to life through art at Spring-Ford


Monday, April 15, 2013

ROYERSFORD — The final touches to the large 18-foot by 6-foot Literacy Mural — the focal point of the Spring Ford Area Ninth-Grade Center’s main lobby, were recently completed.
Last spring, artist Amanda Condict began working with art educator Amy Culp, students from the Spring-Ford Area Senior High School and English Department faculty members to help with what is being deemed a facelift of the Ninth-Grade Center’s foyer. The first phase of the rejuvenation project was comprised of the installation of two murals created under the artistic direction of Condict. Each design stage was presented to the school’s advanced art classes for critique and revision suggestions.
The smaller mural features students participating in some of the various academic classes and is mounted above the stairs leading to the academic wings. The second larger literacy mural is affixed to the outer wall of the auditorium, featuring characters from the freshman reading curriculum. Admirers of the Literacy Mural will recognize characters and settings from such novels as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Animal Farm,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “Our Town,” “Great Expectations,” “The Help” and “The Hunger Games.” The students helped to design, block-in and add the final touches to the murals.
“The district greatly appreciates the time and devotion Amanda has put forth toward this project,” Culp said.
Condict recently began work on large wraparound mural at the Eighth-Grade Center, which focuses on the building’s 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools award.