MHS Ceiling Tiles
March 15, 2017
by Pam Elwell and Mandi Favreau
If youâve never looked up as you are walking through Messalonskee High School, youâve really been missing out. MHS students have been demonstrating their art skills on the schoolâs ceiling tiles since the early 2000s.
The original were single projects for some advanced art students in Leone Donovanâs art class. Meghan OBoyle chose to do a tile in the style of artist Father Paul Plante and Lee Elwell (daughter of MHS IT Ed Tech Pam Elwell) did the second one, patterned after the style of Henri Matisse. The project gained popularity and quickly became the capstone project for all Advanced Art classes. Wendy Burtonâs Intermediate Art classes added the projects a couple years in.
âThe assignment was to find a master artist,â said Ms. Donovan, âdo research on him or her, [and] develop an original design âin the style of.ââ The border information of each tile includes the name of the master artist the work is patterned after and the student artistâs name and graduation year.
The tiles in the 200 wing, which is where the schoolâs English classes are held, still have to incorporate the style of a particular artist, but also connect with great works of literature. The entrance to the third floor features a few science themed tiles from independent art students. In more recent years the tiles have started to spread into classrooms, based around the topics that are taught there.
Next time you are in the school, turn your gaze upward for a few steps. You wonât be disappointed, but if you want a way a more ergonomically friendly way to view these tiles, go to https://rsu18messenger.com/2017/03/16/mhs-ceiling-tiles/ to see the slideshow.