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Program Description
Students work cooperatively to create hand-painted 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 drawing, squeeze-drawing with resist, and painting with silk dyes and paintbrushes on the silk. 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, landforms, plants and animals for the murals is a learning exploration all it’s own. Research and learning how things look with their individual characteristics of the places, landforms, plants and animals in their murals are open opportunities for each classroom to explore on their own.

Final Product
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) OR one classroom can create 4 six foot long by 27″ wide mural with up to 8 students working together on each frame.

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 others’ ideas and co-operate to create an amazing final product. By pre-marking on the silk of 4 six foot long by 27″ wide frames, each student works on an 18″ long by 13″wide piece of their own.

An option for each student to work on a  small silk mural of their own to take  home can also be a classroom choice.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Suggested Grades

  • Appropriate for all grade levels

Pricing Breakdown

  • Minimum/recommended # of visits + time per visit (est. cost per classroom): The project is completed in 4 one hour sessions with the artist.
  • Prep hours (est. cost per classroom/hours of instruction)
  • Materials (est. cost per student/project): $3.50 per student.
  • Travel from South Eugene