|grade 5 students sizing up the buildings for the village scene|
I am receiving some comments about our winter murals that have questions. Therefore, I have decided to make another post about my role in making this project a success. I happened to have several photos taken on days we worked on the mural and this gives me a chance to share those as well as details of how much I was involved with this project.
After the panels were assembled, we designated a winter color for the landscape feature of the hills, mountains, icebergs, and slopes. I had kids chalk in the outline for the distant horizon line and then 3 or 4 students per mural shared the job to paint. Mountains were a lavender color, the hills in the distant village were a tint of blue, the ski slope was made with royal blue, purple and white, and finally the iceberg were made with a tint of turquoise.
|grade 5 students making animals for scene|
Presenting the Idea - they knew that it was a project to keep here at school and had a specific purpose at the Winter Concert
Artistic Influence - background based on landscapes and portrait background of Vincent Van Gogh
Building the Background - oil crayon swirls layered with tempera
Collage Elements - Lots of snow flakes, plenty of pine trees, village buildings, snowmen, penguins, owls, other winter animals
Boxes and Clipboards one for each mural
|adding tufts of cotton along edge of street to represent snow banks|
|applying glue to edge of framing strip|
The final framing around the edge was made from 4 x 18 inch strips of colored construction paper.
I gathered a group of interested student volunteers to have a demonstration on folding the strips, how much glue to use and where to put it, and showed that overlapping was necessary for connecting the framing strips. They picked it up right away.
I did a lot of the framing at the same time to keep the momentum going.