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Social Painting – Mural Painting for Young Children

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Painting together

Painting together

Here is a great idea for a project to commence the New Year.
Everybody will participate, planning, drawing and painting. It involves a fridge carton, flattened, painted white by parent/volunteers and then painted by the students in the classroom. When the “Mural” is finished it will become a great room divider to create a special corner and later on, if you cut a window on one of the sides, it can be used as a Puppets Theatre, see our Puppet Making video on our You Tube channel, www.YouTube.com/bravaatpress

We collected a fridge carton from a white goods shop, took it to the classroom and the fun started.

First we looked for some white house paint, in the school or within the parent’s community. Then we engaged parent’s help to take the box to a wet area and to under paint it with the white house paint on both sides. When the paint was dried, parents glued strips of fabrics to the edges of the flattened carton to make the structure stronger.

Detail of glued fabric on edgeAnother day, while the carton was drying, students were invited to talk about their ideas on what they were planning to draw and paint. During this session, students drew their ideas on an A4 piece of paper, just to do what we call “thinking with lines, and shapes”.

Third session was drawing with paint brushes and paint, to achieve large shapes before filling the shapes with colour. Painting was done in small groups of 5 to 6 students at the time, painting around the cartons from different directions.

When our screen was finished we used it to create small nooks in the classroom, a reading corner or a quiet play corner. Next project involved the making of puppets. It took the students 3 weeks to plan and to make the puppets, to create a character and to write a small vignette play.

For this project we used Chroma2 paint, great value and quality paint with excellent coverage and rich colours.

Paint ready to be used, dispensed in big tubs

Paint ready to be used, dispensed in big tubs

Chroma 2 paints

Chroma 2 paints

Raquel Redmond studied Fine Art and Design at The George Washington University in Washington D.C., USA. She has also studied Fine Art and Printmaking at the Queensland College of Art Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland.

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