Students work cooperatively to create hand-painted silk murals to hang in their school. The murals tell a story with the students’ own art images as they express their classroom’s collectively chosen theme. All students are involved in the 4 Steps of Silk Painting, which include 1) choosing a theme and drawing ideas with chalk on brown paper the size of the mural; 2) stretching the silk on frames and squeeze-drawing with water-based resist on the silk; 3) hand-painting their art with liquid silk dyes and paintbrushes; and 4) learning about value principles of contrast in colors to continue painting the background. The project is completed in 4 one hour sessions with the artist.
Working together on the silk murals is a fun and exciting learning experience. It gives the students the opportunity to do their own art work AND share ideas, build upon each other’s ideas, and co-operate to create an amazing, colorific final product to be proud of. Researching places, land-forms, plants and animals to depict within the murals is a learning opportunity for each classroom to explore on their own.
Classrooms have the choice to work on and finish one of the following:
A) one classroom can create 2 ten foot long by 27″ wide murals with up to 15 students working together on each frame.
B) one classroom can create 4 six foot long by 27″ wide mural with up to 8 students working together on each frame.
- Students will explore the use of ideas, art techniques, and problem-solving in the creative process.
- Students will create and present a finished work of art that demonstrates ideas using learned art elements and organizational skills.
- Students define the criteria of a design problem using relevant scientific knowledge of how things look by their specific characteristics using geology, zoology, and botany.
- Students are given time to engage with each other in respectful discussion of issues, events and ideas used to create their mural story.
- Students have the opportunity to measure or estimate smaller areas to be used within the large overall format of the mural in standard units.
- Appropriate for all grade levels