More than half of students from low‑income households
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All-School Mural to Embrace Diversity and Community Pride
My students need paints, canvases, brushes and related supplies, and a digital camera and camcorder for documentation. The special needs children need easy-grip supplies.
We are an inner-city, handicapped-accessible school serving a racially and ethnically diverse student body. Of my 420 students in Pre-K through fifth grade, 19 percent require special education and 46 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch; 100 percent will love creating a school-wide mural!
Pablo Picasso once said that art washes the dust of everyday life from the soul.
I have seen how art benefits my students in every grade, serving as an emotional outlet and calming force, particularly for my students with challenging physical and learning disabilities. So many of my students lag behind grade level, and the pressure to adhere to a strict academic curriculum leaves little time for art and creative exploration, which can teach critical and abstract thinking as well as reinforce lessons in math and English. I want these children to experience all of the benefits of art as they reflect on the wonderful diversity of our urban student body and the greater community. Each of my 420 students, ages 4-12 and including all children with special needs, will participate in the complete planning and creation of two gigantic murals for our cafeteria.
Pre-K, K, and Grade 1 will establish a color ground for our two huge canvases, with an emphasis on exploring paint, mark making and texture. Grades 2-5 will create specific mural designs, focusing on our diversity and community pride. Then they will incorporate each design into the canvas, measuring to establish an appropriate scale. Second and third graders will transfer their drawings onto the canvas with pastels and outline them with paint. Finally, fourth and fifth graders will add their designs, paint inside the designs, shade, outline and finish details. Many of my students with special physical needs will have to use jumbo and easy-grip versions of the brushes, crayons, pencils and erasers.
The final project element is the documentation and verbalization of student work. Using a digital camera and a camcorder, older students will interview and photograph peers and younger students as they work, recording their comments for display in our hallways.
The school-wide mural is a fun, challenging, and inclusive art project that incorporates math, English and critical thinking skills.
My students will have to translate their thoughts about our diversity and community into designs, use math skills to size drawings and merge them logically, and use verbal and written communication skills to document their work. Ultimately, my students will gain an enduring appreciation of art and two beautiful murals that they can admire for many years.
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