Offsetting Stress in a Colorful Environment


Jori O'Grady

Students are overwhelmed by rigorous and stressful classes that often don’t require much creativity. Despite this, Grandview keeps the hallway decorated with beautiful artwork.

Kayla Seggelke, a junior, turns to art to alleviate the stress.

“Art allows the structured curriculum at Grandview to be offset with free expression and allows students to explore many sides of themselves,” said Seggelke.

The creation of art in my opinion is one of the most powerful catalysts for unification and peace that exists.

“It allows a segment of our school to enlist freedom of creativity.”

Freshman Colette Guydish and senior Trevin Clay agree with the importance of expression.

“The creation of art in my opinion is one of the most powerful catalysts for unification and peace that exists,” said Clay.

“Art is very personal and no two pieces of art will ever be the same. There is no way to create an exact copy of another person’s art, so when someone creates art, it is truly their own unique masterpiece,” said Guydish.










Guydish also sees art as a reflection of the school that holds itself as a memory and builds community.

“It is important for there to be plenty of art in the hallways because it makes it so the school represents it’s students,” said Guydish. “With no art on the walls, not only would the building be boring, but it would feel less like a community.”

For student artists, seeing past work is inspiring. Often times the aesthetics are what evoke the feeling within the art.

“Aesthetics can be interpreted any which way, allowing people to apply their own meaning to the art,” said senior Trevin Clay.

When senior, Yongmei Ma was a freshman, she saw the abundance of art in the hallways.

“It really shows that we care about art here,” said Ma.

Ma made it a goal to get her art in the hallways. She, along with Trevin Clay, Collette Guydish, Kayla Seggelke, and Alyssa McKenna will have their art featured around the hallways this coming year.