My advanced 8th grade class has painted ceiling tiles for 10 or 12
years. I first saw seomthing like this in a middle school in Ann Arbor.
When I started here I did not want to ask permission, so I had the kids
paint on white kraft paper and then we remove the tile and wrap the
painting around it. I have always used tampera paint, but last year I
started to have them mix in acrylic medium. that was a list
suggestion. I do find though, whenever I use acrylics, that I loose paint
brushes, because they don't clean them adequately and then they are hard
and I can't reclaim them.
Anyway the paintings are the end project of the color unit. I let them
choose their subject, but suggest things timely of the year, or things
that are up in the air. I require them to do a specific color scheme.
These are wildly successful.......and something everyone looks forward to
doing. There are a few in the hall too, but my principal won't let many
When need arrises we will take some down.....I return some to the students
if they are still around (high school) or I auction them off. That is
also fun and a popular event.
Upton Middle School
St. Joseph, Mi.