The 26th annual National Art Honor Society Chalk Mural took place on Oct. 13. The featured artist was Hayao Miyazaki, a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author and manga artist of Studio Ghibli, which is known for anime feature films. Eight sidewalk squares near the high school office were transformed into chalked recreations of scenes from “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “The Wind Rises” and “Ponyo,” all of which were directed by Miyazaki.
This was the first year in over a decade that retired art teacher Patricia Kelly didn’t take the lead in organizing the event; nonetheless, she visited to see the mural’s development. It was also the first year to have an Asian artist featured.