Our cafeteria did not have a lot of colour and the walls were not good for painting murals on. We decided to use the narrow space between the windows instead of large wall parts. Our wood shop made the box frames and students cut 4 x 8 Masonite sheets in half to make the long mural canvas. The murals were painted and then slid into grooves in the wood box frame. A bottom piece was screwed in and the murals were made secure. It is a great way to add colour to a caf. Yes, we have foosball tables and a pool table in our caf. Both are coin operated and make money for student council.
Our town’s mural project was adapted from the information at www.muralmosaic.com
We enlisted the help of a local artist and former student along with a grade 12 student looking for a special project credit. My practical arts students helped with much of the labor and the art teachers used the project for several students individual portfolio components. We had 96 one foot squares divided between elementary students, high school students and local community members. Art instruction was provided to the students upon request. The mural is 12’x 8’ and is attached to the side of a local business. I can provide more details if anyone is interested (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is a great opportunity for students to create something lasting for your community or school.
From: Don Wheler
We wanted to have student murals painted on the walls of our school, but the negative reaction from custodians and admin made us understand that painting the walls was going to be more political work than it was worth. We then took sheets of Masonite (4×8 ft) cut them to size or left them full size, and painted them. The sheets were then attached to the walls. When they need to be removed because of cleaning issues the screws are loosened and the murals come down. All of a sudden, the admin is looking for more Masonite murals in the building. Cutting the sheets to 2×8’s allows us to put them above the lockers and brightens the hallways.