This mural is still in the process of completion. We have been working on it for four morning sessions, one afternoon session and a few snatched 20 minute sessions here and there over the last few days. I am going to post the photos of the actual progression of the mural here but if you would like to know how I approached the whole 7 week project then please read my later posts (coming up) which will guide you step by step through the whole progression of art lessons that build up to the actual planning and painting of the mural.
Please note that none of the drawing was done by myself or any other adult. The ideas, composition, subjects etc were completely from the children. (For the protection of the children I have not posted any photos of them working on the mural.)
Morning one: Drawing our planed design on the pre prepared wall using fat pencils.
Morning 2: Still spent an hour and a half drawing, then began to paint.
Afternoon session: continued painting. Concentrated on the large areas such as trees, big leaves etc.
Morning 3: Worked on some main animals/birds. Gave existing painting some depth with rich deeper colours. Realized we needed more layers of background than we thought. Had to paint that on. (Bit of a set back!)
Snatched 40 minuted today: Worked on completing orchid, snake, forest floor and leaf litter, covering up horrible plug, more leaves on sapling, frogs, prayer plant leaves-bottom left corner. More background work too.
Lets take a look at that lovely orchid: below is the work done today! Four children worked on the orchid.
What about that smashing toucan?
Here’s how it progressed over the three days. About four children worked on the toucan.
Look at those adorable red eyed tree frogs hiding among the leaves. About 8 children worked on these.
Here’s that ‘strong upright’ sapling. I love the way the children observed that some tropical leaves have red and pink central veins.
This will be an evolving post as we work on and complete our mural. I hope you enjoy this work and do visit again for more in depth information about the processes, preparation and techniques for painting a mural with 60 children. (Contact me for any further advice on
materials, preparing the wall, etc.)
Have a look at some photos of the finished product here