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Re: Murals and administrators who have "visions" but no assistance!


From: Sharon Henneborn (heneborn_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 13 2003 - 12:57:31 PDT

As a union person who has been through this problem with a new assist.
principal and again with a new principal my advice is to write down
all the difficulties that you anticipate with this project like wet
stairways and kids traffic through the wet project, scheduling the
time so that you can meet the curriculum requirements and still
provide time for mural work, time line, etc. Be enthusiastic about
the art part but insist that administration meet with you to resolve
the problems you anticipate. Your responsibility is to figure out the
technical information needed to produce a mural. The administrator
has the responsibility to work this into the building & schedule.

Make certain that your list of anticipated problems is well
documented. I kept a copy and I sent CC to the building union rep as
well as the administrator who ordered the murals. Later when the
negative comments were included in verbal evaluation I could bring out
the documentation and head off anything permanent in my written

A reasonable administrator should be able to see that this massive
plan needs input from a variety of staff including custodial. Don't
take on all the responsibility. So often the idea is all the time and
attention they want to contribute! Be very enthusiastic but insist
that you will need help from specific staff to make this vision work.

Sharon NJ
Subject: Murals
Date: Sun, Jul 13, 2003, 9:50 AM
I need to do a mural with my class on a stone wall.
Does anyone have any tips for me?
I absolutely know nothing about murals.
How in the world do you organize a class and it not be chaos?
We all can't paint at once. I'd love to do it and then assemble it
but we cant drill into stone can we?
Any ideas about paint for stone would help.
My principals also thought we could have a contest and paint our
stairwells...we have 8 floors!
I have no idea when I can teach art if we do this!
And what a mess with kids using them if they're wet.
Anyone out there face something like this?
Brenda ---