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Students Start New Art And Comics Club At Mar Vista High School

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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 3:30 pm

There are very few things that can deliver so much enjoyment to so many people more than art. Luckily, thanks to junior Daniela Herrera Meza, there will now be an art and comics club at Mar Vista High School. The club focuses on bringing new members of the community together through drawing, and having the different members of the club learn many styles of art.

Meza founded the new club at Mar Vista this fall. “When I was a freshman at school, there was no art club that was really consistent. The art club that used to exist didn’t meet all the time, and eventually became nonexistent. So this year I decided to get with my compadres to start a club, since we all like drawing.”

Like many clubs that are newly formed, the process of getting members to join can be difficult. Meza said, “I told my friends all about it, and persuaded them to join us.” Currently, there are about seven members, give or take at each meeting.

Senior Maricela Acosta said, “We had to talk to the ASB; we also had to find a teacher to give (us) their classroom. After we’ve had everything we needed, we made a poster to post around the school to spread awareness about it.”

Stephen Case, a Mar Vista calculus teacher, allowed the club to meet up within his class on Tuesdays and Fridays during lunch. “A lot of the kids in the club are my students, and they’re all pretty nice,” Case said about the club. “Plus, it helps that my tables are whiteboards. I’m also always in here during lunch, so it works out.”

All of the tables in Case’s classrooms have whiteboard-style tops, which allow for drawing with dry-erase markers. Although the desks were originally used to solve equations on, the art club seems to have found a new purpose for them.

The club will support ASB with certain events when needed. Acosta said, “ASB asked us to help out with art for assemblies. The first week, we were doing posters for ASB.”

The club had worked on posters to hang up in the gymnasium for Mar Vista’s most recent assembly, and plans to do more for future assemblies.

Another ambition many club members share is wanting to produce a comic. Meza said in reference to this, “Our goal is to help people learn new artistic tools so we can start a comic that we can all work on.”

The club has multiple benefits, and several members had different reasons for why they like the club so much. Acosta said, “My favorite thing about the club is that we’re able to express our art styles and build off of what we know. The communication of the group is also very good; we can express what we feel needs to be changed. We’re together.”

Another senior, Jamie Garcia, said, “I think my favorite thing is meeting new people and learning a lot of new art styles. I’ve learned a lot from new people.”

A sophomore, Juliana Huhn, added, “It’s a lot more chill than other clubs, and I enjoy this atmosphere where I can draw and be around people with similar interests.

Meza summed it up with, “I like how we all share the same passion for art.”

The club will continue to meet and members will continue to draw. Seeing as this is their first year, there is lots of room for expanding, and change.

Meza said, “Half of the time we’re improvising, but we’re all trying to help this club function as smoothly as possible.”

As long as the members keep the same passion they have currently, the club should be able to last for several years. Mar Vista welcomes this new creative club!

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