What is a mural? A mural is a large picture usually on a wall. Many times it is done by more than one person. Cover each table with colored roll paper. Students will make their own murals on the paper. They get to vote on the following subjects: Recess, Disney Movies, Alien Planet, Cafeteria, and Big City. If tables have a tie vote, the teacher flips a coin. Students will need to draw their designs with pencil first. They also need to be on the same side of the table, or some of it will be upside down.
After coloring murals in the teacher's preferred medium, students stand before the class to discuss their murals and any story behind them. Some students have made them funny. For instance, they have been known to make food fights in the cafeteria picture.
Lesson Plan Submitted by:Val Warwick,
Primary art teacher in Tasmania, Australia.
As an introduction to a study on Van Gogh I have photocopied his Cypresses painting (in black and white only) and given a copy each to the children. However, one group was allowed to use Colored Pencils, one group used Crayons, another Pastels, and another Texta colours (Textas are markers).
After the children have coloured them as they imagine they should look, they share their reasons for their use of colour, texture, etc. Only then do they see the painting as Van Gogh did it. This excites the children to find out more.