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“Speak your mind with art”: Decades-old Cult Revealed

 By RIHANNA DUGGAL

Staff Incognito Singer and Member of the Cult

Conspiracy theories are everywhere in the world. Some are more plausible than others. According to multiple sources, a real cult has been formed by none other than some art students at Pinewood. While this may seem preposterous, art teacher Caitlin Miller has confirmed this theory as real news. How does she know? The original member of the club is none other than Miller herself.

   “The art trip to the beach was just a cover up story. It was actually an initiation of sorts for some artist students,” Miller said. 

   According to Miller, the cult itself was created with the intention of turning normal high school students into art prodigies. Initiation was simple: recreate any painting using only sand and stones. For some this task may seem daunting and impossible, but for freshman Ella Aspinall it was no problem at all.

  “When it was my turn to recreate a painting, I wasn’t worried. I used to study classic artists’ works for my art classes so I jumped right into it. Despite getting quite sandy, I enjoyed it. The best part was when I was told I could be part of an art cult.,” 

Aspinall said.

   While some people are lucky enough to get into this elusive group, others may not be so fortunate. However, to prevent jealousy and resentment, those who don’t get in aren’t spared the truth. Lulu Diffenbaugh, a sophomore who was accepted into the group, helps run initiation and explained how it works. 

   “Initiation always takes place in a different location. Those invited are people who either find out a little too much or seem like great candidates. However, the students aren’t told about the cult unless they get in. If they don’t complete a recognizable artwork in a given amount of time with limited resources, they aren’t told about the group at all,” 

Diffenbaugh said.

   While initiation is tedious, so is attending the meetings without raising suspicion. Senior Cecily Eivers used to have an easier time, but now it has become a 

bit harder.

  “We originally met in the gym at six o’clock on Thursdays, but basketball games started to interfere with our schedule. Then we started meeting on top of the Murphy Patio at 12 on days where a full moon was present,” Eivers said. 

  From raising suspicions to initiation, it may seem complicated, but for the inductees, it has become second nature. So now that everyone knows about this clan, what’s next for this illusory group? 

   “I suppose our group may disband after this, but I am happy that this clique served its purpose. It brought people together and taught them that while friends may not always listen, you always can speak your mind with art. A picture is worth a thousand words,” 

Miller said.


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