Old Hollywood inspires new mural at Silver Lake school

Photo by Katrina Alexy

Photo by Katrina Alexy


SILVER LAKE — Classic film stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, and Dolores Del Rio look out on the campus of Thomas Star King Middle School, bringing a little of old Hollywood to Silver Lake.

CaptureEighth graders Anna-Victoria B. and Huier L. of King Middle School helped create this tribute to the golden age of film after being chosen for their artistic talents by art teacher Charlene Roth. Both students are life-long artists who started off drawing at home and eventually took more advanced classes in school.

Anna lives in Los Feliz and Huier lives in Chinatown. Anna and Huier have their work cut out for them, but they are ready for the challenge.
Both said they learned much from making this mural, such as how to take a blank canvas and create something that will leave a mark. “It feels like an honor to to leave something at my school,” Anna said.

The mural took several months to create, with students putting the finishing touches on graduation day in June. The idea for the mural came from film and media teacher Thomas Chilcoat.  Principal Mark Naulls supports the arts and plans to have three more murals painted at King.


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  1. Characters from foreign films “M” and “The Seventh Seal”? These kids are pretty sophisticated cineastes!

  2. Awesome!! Props to Anna and Huier. I especially like how artistically and well done the mural is. (garish colors and skeletons are so overdone in L.A.)

  3. The students provided the labor, the adults dictated the vision. I’m certain that film stars from a bygone era was not the idea of a couple of middle-school students. Perhaps the adults will step out of the way and allow the artists to express themselves next time? Otherwise, this particular mural runs a high-risk of being casually and consistently vandalized. After all, it reflects the thoughts and preferences of the dictating adults not the student body or community at large. Adults don’t always know better and true talent has no age. As long as care is taken to ensure that the piece isn’t blatantly offensive, trust the artists to create and express their own vision.

  4. A great mural. Just a point of reference King Middle School is in the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council area not Silver Lake.

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