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  • The Austin's
    I am currently working on a community/district wide mural. My beginning concept was that I wanted a project that would unify our community. We have this UGLY
    Message 1 of 13 , May 23, 2002
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      I am currently working on a community/district wide mural. My beginning
      concept was that I wanted a project that would unify our community. We have
      this UGLY orange wall in our commons and I came up with this idea. I
      purchased (through a grant) 700 unglazed bisque tiles (I got them from
      Nasco). I stocked up on acrylic paint pens and have been actively persuing
      community members to create a design on their tile. All students and faculty
      painted a tile, and I'm still trying to get the custodians, cooks, and bus
      drivers pinned down to paint theirs. Many students included their name,
      interests, and graduation year. Former alumni painted their name and grad.
      year. Many ranchers drew their brand. Business owners painted a "business
      card". Our entire district is comprised of appx. 650 residents. Because of
      remodeling going on in our school this summer I will be hanging the mural
      next fall (and hopefully round up those stragglers who still haven't created
      their tile). It is amazing how excited people are becoming over this mural!
      I am also writing a grant to create another mural in our primary building.
      We are surrounded by prairie and ranchland - so this mural will be a painted
      landscape (by me) of the prairie. I want to purchase 4 different hardwoods
      and cut them into squares and have a "branding" party where all the local
      ranchers would come brand a wooden square. These will be put together
      patchwork style to surround the painted mural. Again, the purpose is to
      beautify an ugly area as well as to involve community and bring them back
      into our school. My next goal is an outdoor learning center!
      I can't wait to see what other ideas pop up from your request!
      ~Michal



      > I was wondering in anyone out there has ever worked on a whole school
      > project, or knows a site I could look it. Let me explain what I have
      > in mind.
      >
      > Our college is in dire need of a face lift. There is hardly anything
      > on the walls except for pictures of students long gone and forgotten.
      > I was thinking of producing something or other to which all students
      > (about 900) would contribute in one way or another. I have as yet no
      > idea as to what I could do and I will consider practically anything.



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    • ANDREW & JULIEPHEASANT
      23/5/02 11:21 PM ... Hi 1. I ve done a few school murals...they work well...just remember to get the anti graffitti covers on it!...each class was designated
      Message 2 of 13 , May 23, 2002
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        23/5/02 11:21 PM

        > Hello everyone!
        >
        > I was wondering in anyone out there has ever worked on a whole school
        > project, or knows a site I could look it. Let me explain what I have
        > in mind.
        >
        > Our college is in dire need of a face lift. There is hardly anything
        > on the walls except for pictures of students long gone and forgotten.
        > I was thinking of producing something or other to which all students
        > (about 900) would contribute in one way or another. I have as yet no
        > idea as to what I could do and I will consider practically anything.
        >
        > Any suggestions?
        >
        > Thanks
        >
        > Blue
        >
        >
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        Hi
        1. I've done a few school murals...they work well...just remember to get the
        anti graffitti covers on it!...each class was designated sections/wall
        space...even the year seven english students were asked to contribute by
        having a poem around the edge or each fragment.
        2. Mosaic edge of ovals, basket ball courts with hand made tiles.
        3. Each specialised building is given a panel painted by the students
        signifying the subject, content and daily goings on of each building.
        Could be made in clay panels or enamel paint on MDF.
        4. A few benches could be created around the school grounds with different
        themes...if you are really adventurous you could create creatures out of
        cement then mosaic or texturize them...seen a mean crocodile bench seat done
        by some students.

        julie
      • DeAnn Hanisch
        Within our school district (Omaha Public Schools) we have various magnet centers that specialize in specific academic areas. One such school is a middle school
        Message 3 of 13 , May 23, 2002
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          Within our school district (Omaha Public Schools) we
          have various magnet centers that specialize in
          specific academic areas. One such school is a middle
          school art magnet center which teaches in and through
          the arts (math, science, history, English, etc. in and
          through visual, musical and dramatic arts.). They
          have just completed a mural for the school in which
          each student contributed based on a theme studied by
          the entire school. I believe it dealt with the
          Amnistad. You could choose your own theme. I will talk
          to a colleague who works there and see if he can send
          you any information. The project, from what I hear,
          was a powerful opportunity to deal with the moral and
          democratic principles of teaching. We are all working
          as a school district to create a safe and secure
          learning environment for all those who enter our
          doors.



          --- ANDREW & JULIEPHEASANT <fez@...> wrote:
          > 23/5/02 11:21 PM
          >
          > > Hello everyone!
          > >
          > > I was wondering in anyone out there has ever
          > worked on a whole school
          > > project, or knows a site I could look it. Let me
          > explain what I have
          > > in mind.
          > >
          > > Our college is in dire need of a face lift. There
          > is hardly anything
          > > on the walls except for pictures of students long
          > gone and forgotten.
          > > I was thinking of producing something or other to
          > which all students
          > > (about 900) would contribute in one way or
          > another. I have as yet no
          > > idea as to what I could do and I will consider
          > practically anything.
          > >
          > > Any suggestions?
          > >
          > > Thanks
          > >
          > > Blue
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
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          > >
          > >
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          > http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/
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          > >
          > >
          > Hi
          > 1. I've done a few school murals...they work
          > well...just remember to get the
          > anti graffitti covers on it!...each class was
          > designated sections/wall
          > space...even the year seven english students were
          > asked to contribute by
          > having a poem around the edge or each fragment.
          > 2. Mosaic edge of ovals, basket ball courts with
          > hand made tiles.
          > 3. Each specialised building is given a panel
          > painted by the students
          > signifying the subject, content and daily goings on
          > of each building.
          > Could be made in clay panels or enamel paint on MDF.
          > 4. A few benches could be created around the school
          > grounds with different
          > themes...if you are really adventurous you could
          > create creatures out of
          > cement then mosaic or texturize them...seen a mean
          > crocodile bench seat done
          > by some students.
          >
          > julie
          >
          >


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        • Lynn Pass
          --Hello, I ve done several murals. One of them was in a primary school. We came up with the theme, One World . I took slides from books of the various
          Message 4 of 13 , May 24, 2002
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            --Hello,
            I've done several murals. One of them was in a primary school. We came up with the theme, "One World". I took slides from books of the various continents and people around the world. I focused on some major landmarks, both natural and man-made. I also took pictures of each 'classroom picture' of kids. In the presentation, I ended with talking about the fact that it's One World, but that we all have a place in it. I showed North America and then Oregon and then focused on our city and then showed the slide of the class. Each class took a continent and the kids drew something on paper that they wanted to put in the mural from that continent.
            I painted the continents on the wall. We then transferred the drawings, using tracing paper onto the wall. The kids all came down in turn to the hallway where the mural was to paint their creations. Afterwards, they added sea creatures, hot air balloons, etc. It worked out very well.
            Of course, at the college level, the theme could be much more varied.
            At Portland State University, students have done murals in the art building around environmental issues.
            By the way, the mural at the primary school was done in 1990 and it still looks great! I did it with 200 2nd and 5th graders...the 5th graders are now out of college and the 2nd graders are all sophomores!
            I suggest using regular indoor latex house paint. Buy as 'pure' colors as you can get, (red, yellow and blue) and then mix what you need (get white and black too).
            Good luck!
            Lynn

            On Thu, 23 May 2002 15:21:46
            bluestarkid wrote:
            >Hello everyone!
            >
            >I was wondering in anyone out there has ever worked on a whole school
            >project, or knows a site I could look it. Let me explain what I have
            >in mind.
            >
            >Our college is in dire need of a face lift. There is hardly anything
            >on the walls except for pictures of students long gone and forgotten.
            >I was thinking of producing something or other to which all students
            >(about 900) would contribute in one way or another. I have as yet no
            >idea as to what I could do and I will consider practically anything.
            >
            >Any suggestions?
            >
            >Thanks
            >
            >Blue
            >
            >


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          • Mary Kate McKinley
            If it s a truly a whole school project you must allow the school population to suggest themes, images, media & in your case, presentation. You & a core
            Message 5 of 13 , May 24, 2002
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                       If it's a truly a "whole school" project you must allow the school population to suggest themes, images, media & in your case, presentation.  You & a core group of students can coordinate the collection of ideas through an open-ended survey.  Sort through them & develop your idea.  You'll find that you can incorporate many of these ideas into the project.  It sounds like you have a lot of separated wall space that you'd like to fill or unify.  Make sure your survey explains these spaces & ask for creative ways to express yourselves within & throughout that space.  You can list examples if you want to get them thinking.  You also might have so many good & different ideas a second survey with specific choices might be necessary.  Remember to include the administration in the planning phase also.
                       Do that & then get back to us again for help developing & implementing your school's ideas.  Good Luck!

                                         -Mary Kate!

              P.S. - I've done this with various groups, classes & schools.  It's much easier when you allow everyone some initial input & then share with them the finished plans.  It also helps educate them about the creative process.  Always look for the advocacy angle!


              At 03:21 PM Thursday 5/23/2002 +0000, you wrote:

              Hello everyone!

              I was wondering in anyone out there has ever worked on a whole school
              project, or knows a site I could look it. Let me explain what I have
              in mind.

              Our college is in dire need of a face lift. There is hardly anything
              on the walls except for pictures of students long gone and forgotten.
              I was thinking of producing something or other to which all students
              (about 900) would contribute in one way or another. I have as yet no
              idea as to what I could do and I will consider practically anything.

              Any suggestions?

              Thanks

              Blue


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            • Julie Casebourn
              I did just this thing last year in my elementary school. It was not only a school-wide project, but a community one as well. Our white, sterile elementary
              Message 6 of 13 , May 24, 2002
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                I did just this thing last year in my elementary
                school. It was not only a school-wide project, but a
                community one as well. Our white, sterile elementary
                walls was in need of a makeover----bad!!! We created
                7, 8ft. by 3ft. mosaics completely from children's
                clay artwork and recyled materials. The only material
                that was purchased was the wooden panels we glued the
                artwork to; the adhesives (some was donated) and the
                grout (some was donated). The panels traveled around
                the area on display at local musuems, banks, community
                centers and the state conservation center before we
                permanently installed them a few months ago. If you
                would like more detailed information- I would be happy
                to send you a packet of the how-tos, tips etc... just
                e-mail me personally and I'll get it out as soon as I
                can. Good luck, Julie

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              • eggplant49@aol.com
                I am very excited to read all of the wonderful, creative suggestions! We are becoming a grades 3-8 enitity next year... but were k-8 since time began....so, I
                Message 7 of 13 , May 24, 2002
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                  I am very excited to read all of the wonderful, creative suggestions! We are becoming a grades 3-8 enitity next year... but were k-8 since time began....so, I am planning a schoolwide project to help the school spirit a little.
                  I am a quilter and fabric artist/lover and I have always used quilts as schoolwide projects. For our town's 100th anniversary, I had everyone in school create a quilt block and we presented it to the town. I have done a stamped "Family Tree" quilt schoolwide. Right now I am working with the 5th grade on a friendship quilt using Wonder-Under (a fabric bonding technique). We are having bullying problems and this is a different approach to caring for one another. Returning students~ now college students and beyond~ feel such pleasure and nostalgia when they see their quilt blocks from years ago. An advantage also is the portable nature of quilts...
                  Best of luck...keep the wonderful ideas coming!
                  Lynn in NJ
                • Wayong@aol.com
                  I might be working on a mural with a small class of 4 graders next year. I want to have as much input from the kids as possible. Suggestions? I was thinking
                  Message 8 of 13 , May 24, 2002
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                    I might be working on a mural with a small class of 4 graders next year. I want to have as much input from the kids as possible. Suggestions? I was thinking of having the kids draw pictures with selected themes, then do a larger picture together & then I would draw their picture on the wall & they would outline & color it in. Would it be realistic to have them draw directly on the wall? I would imagine it wouldn't be a cohesive, but I wouldn't want to limit them.

                    Wayong
                  • Wayong@aol.com
                    I m not sure if I ll have access to an overhead projector, but thanks anyway. I m pretty good at imitating kids art styles. It s not till next year so I have
                    Message 9 of 13 , May 24, 2002
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                      I'm not sure if I'll have access to an overhead projector, but thanks anyway. I'm pretty good at imitating kids' art styles. It's not till next year so I have plenty of time.
                    • The Austin's
                      I have found that having kids draw directly on the wall doesn t work for 2 reasons - 1) they aren t used to drawing vertically and 2) they aren t comfortable
                      Message 10 of 13 , May 24, 2002
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                        I have found that having kids draw directly on the wall doesn't work for 2
                        reasons - 1) they aren't used to drawing vertically and 2) they aren't
                        comfortable drawing on a large scale. Have them draw their mural on a
                        transparancy and then trace it on the wall with an overhead. Also, as the
                        professional why don't you take the drawings and combine them for the
                        students. Then at least it would be balanced visually. So what if it is not
                        cohesive to the un-involved viewer - it would be cohesive in the minds of
                        the students! :-)
                        ~Michal
                        http://www.geocities.com/theartkids



                        > I might be working on a mural with a small class of 4 graders next year.
                        I want to have as much input from the kids as possible. Suggestions? I was
                        thinking of having the kids draw pictures with selected themes, then do a
                        larger picture together & then I would draw their picture on the wall & they
                        would outline & color it in. Would it be realistic to have them draw
                        directly on the wall? I would imagine it wouldn't be a cohesive, but I
                        wouldn't want to limit them.
                        >
                        > Wayong



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                      • Mcarsart@aol.com
                        I did a tile wall with nearly 1000 students! I purchased (with grant money) 4 bisque tile, and each student and staff member had the opportunity to leave
                        Message 11 of 13 , May 25, 2002
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                          I did a tile wall with nearly 1000 students! I purchased (with grant money)
                          4" bisque tile, and each student and staff member had the opportunity to
                          "leave their mark at Clark". We used underglazes, I fired them, and then I
                          put on a clear glaze. It's really great, documents who was in the building
                          (we did it in January of 2000) as we entered the new millennium. They still
                          stand in front of the wall and check out the tiles.
                        • Lynn Pass
                          --Hi, This is Lynn (I wrote about a mural project I did with 200 kids earlier). We didn t use an overhead. The kids did their original drawings and I
                          Message 12 of 13 , May 28, 2002
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                            --Hi,
                            This is Lynn (I wrote about a mural project I did with 200 kids earlier). We didn't use an overhead. The kids did their original drawings and I transferred them to the wall with tracing paper (and made sure the drawings stayed in the student's style). Then the kids came down in manageble groups to paint them, which worked out very well.
                            Lynn

                            On Fri, 24 May 2002 18:39:41
                            Wayong wrote:
                            >I'm not sure if I'll have access to an overhead projector, but thanks anyway. I'm pretty good at imitating kids' art styles. It's not till next year so I have plenty of time.
                            >
                            >


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