A Gift from The PHS Artist and Writers Society


Smiling in front of the newest colorful addition to south hall, Sydney Nichols shares about the message behind this work of art. As the co-president of the PHS Artist and Writers Society, she has worked daily on making the mural happen.

Luka Vaicekauskas, Features Editor

The PHS Artist and Writers Society has been diligently working towards revisioning the south hall mural. Filling the previously blank wall with colors, the Art Club envisions this as a perfect 100 year anniversary present to Plant. In an Interview with Sydney Nichols, the co-president of the club, she revealed more about the club and the visions behind the mural.  

 Q: As part of what club are you creating this mural? What’s your involvement in the club? 

A: I’m co-president with Ana Easterly of the Art Club. The club has been the one that is designing and creating the mural in south hall. 

Q: Give a brief description of the club. 

A: Art club is a club in which members are able to have free will for their art. Next year we will have weekly open studio meetings as well as full-time online art gallery that I will be working on this summer.  

Q: What’s the inspiration behind this mural? 

A: When given the prompt we were told that the idea was to make a mural that depicts the history of Plant High School. Also, with the mindset that we are approaching the 100-year anniversary of our school.  

Q: What key aspects are you trying to include? 

A: We wanted to include the stained glass that is in almost all areas of the main building.  

Q: How many people are part of this? 

A: We have board members as well as rising board members helping work on the mural.  

Q: How did you (or whoever is running this) take the incentive of filling that blank mural? 

A: Our goal for this year was to complete a mural somewhere at the school or in our local community. We were then given permission to work in that area.  

Q: When did you start drawing? Are you self-taught? 

A: I started drawing at a really young age. Both my parents have art degrees and I had the privilege of having art materials readily available. For the most part, I learned from trial and error.  

Q: What’s your favorite thing about this hobby? 

A: My favorite part about art is the way that people can take artwork so differently than others. This means that it takes the stress always from always making it perfect.  

If interested in all forms of art, don’t hesitate to join the society-  https://www.instagram.com/p/CqDgwCTuX0l/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==