I have been asked many times "How do you create a large mural?" I find murals to be the perfect expression of kid art. It gives them a large area to put down their ideas, as well as work together with their classmates for a common goal. Some students love to paint a specific item and that is what they focus on while others love creating shapes that turn into flowers, trees, animals or plants.
You have asked for it ....so I have created a video on Vimeo
Creating Murals 101 by Painted Paper as well as some photos of the process on this blog. So grab some paints and brushes and go create!
I have a wonderful pop-out poster of a tropical rainforest, that the students enjoy to look at for ideas,
as well as visuals on the smart board, and old National Geographic Magazines.
Large display paper is torn and laid over our work tables. Then medium paintbrushes and tempera paints are passed out to the students to let the creations begin.
Students start with the lightest colors first then move to the darker colors...
I start with the first class of the day, 2nd grade, and every class after them 4th, 3rd add more details then 5th grade finishes with the black outlining of designs on the mural.
No need for a placemat because the display paper is so large
5th graders were my last class of the day so they outline with black tempera paint to make the images "POP"
You will find various leaves, trees and vines were created by the afternoon 3rd graders.
Hanging is the fun part because you can step back and enjoy such fun creations!