Last 6 years I taught art at a Sixth grade center.(at the high school now)
Anyway I painted my classroom one summer light blue. Then I used a sponge
roller to roll navy over it. It looked like denim. Did this on all 4 walls
except for one huge wall of white cork. Painted it cleaner white to keep
the room looking large. The walls are cinder block like most schools have.
3/4 up the wall I painted one row of brick black. Like a border of
wallpaper in solid black. Above that my classes sectioned off the walls
into an art history time line. They painted about 4 feet by 5 feet sections
of famous works on the walls.
We projected them and outlined with sharpies. Different classes painted
different sections of the walls. We lined the room with the tables and
stood on them. It worked fine. I allowed only two kids on a table at once
and we discussed balance. Who knows maybe it was stupid of me but I had no
problems. It took about two months of kids working outside of class time.
They loved it. Had, cave paintings, Mona, a Picasso, a VanGogh, a Monet, a
Renoir, a Seurat, the Thinker,an Okeeffe', a Pollock... I think you get the
idea. It ended up looking like a museum. Lots of attention from district
office too. Made big points with principal and other.
Use acrylics poured into jars as they worked they mixed and kept in the
jars. Painted straight from the jars. Rolled sealer over it all. I LOVED
Then I moved. Icky dinky art room at the high school. You've motivated me
to paint again with the kids.
Ray-pec High School
Raymore Peculiar Schools, MO
From: The Austin's [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2002 9:35 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Safety Question
I am repainting my orange classroom. We were told that if we didn't like the
colors of our rooms that the school would supply the paint but we had to
supply the labor. Naturally, being an art teacher, I immediatly decided that
"Starry Night" would look great on one large wall. I want my 4th-6th graders
to paint it, but I am concerned about painting the top half of the wall.
Should I just count on doing it myself? Is there a safe way to have the
students do it? All I can think of is to have them stand on long tables, but
I'm not too sure about that. Any ideas?