My students and I have done some some large murals outdoors and several
indoors. The most recent that we just finished is a recreation of 10 famous
works connected with musical notes down our related arts hall in our new
building. It certainly adds life to the hall!
For the really large works 20' X 70' or so we have used the grid method to
put the scaled drawings directly on the wall....
Some smaller ones we have painted on to boards and then put them up...
We use exterior house paint for outdoor murals and acrylic for interiors.
Half dozen muffin tins make terrific pallettes! Don't forget baby wipes for
hands and I have found, especially with the larger works to make color
copies of the original and put them in plastic sleeves for each artist as
they work has been a great help.
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From: "LeAnn Escoffre" <email@example.com>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 3:01 PM
Subject: Mural tips needed
> Well its almost the last day of school and we are already discussing what
> going to go on next year. I'm really excited because I got to pick the
> who will be in my daily art class for a whole year. I am also a little bit
> nervous because my principal wants me to do a mural. I think that will the
> main focus of what we will work on but I want it to be nice. I was
> Into to design, what's effective or not, little talk about elements and
> principals. Decide what to do the mural on. I was thinking the kids could
> brainstorm to come up with ideas. Propose them to the client (me) make
> changes as needed. Etc. then do sketches. I guess thumbnails then life
> with kraft paper? Should I cover anyhting else? Maybe some drawing. Human
> figures etc. I am a second year teacher and I feel pretty confident that I
> have picked a great group of kids. There will be 7th and 8th graders. I
> want to use panels as they can be hung and moved as needed. And I'm
> we need to gesso and then use what kind of paint? acrylic? My principal
> he would supply but we are a small district with a tight budget. Also they
> are talking about another mural in the cafeteria, but they play a lot of
> ball games in there and it has to be okay for the balls to bounce off the
> walls. (FOr example the panels might get wrecked or somehting. WOuld it be
> better to just paint directly onto the walls?) ANy advice of tips would be
> greatly appreciated. All of my other classes are set (as to what I am
> to do with them), I'm just trying to prepare myself for this mural
> class ahead of time.