This month we are mad! Mad about murals, that is! There is something really special about art on a larger scale and something positively magical about kids collaborating to create something together. We started with our O’Keefe inspired mural. For this project, the kids studied the rich paintings of Georgia O’Keefe and were inspired by images from nature of beautiful mums and dahlias in festive fall colors.
With an analogous warm color palette (colors next to each other on the color wheel), we freehand painted our flowers in different sizes and shapes. Our kids sometimes struggle with scale so this was a great opportunity to practice fitting your flower onto the paper by going all the way to the edge without going over. I admit, we did have a couple of almost perfectly square flowers (the exact shape of the paper). As any artist knows, sometimes mistakes provide the best inspiration. With black paint and a tiny brush, the kids were able to add some detail that really made the flowers pop! And those square flowers… it was a piece of cake to go back in with the black paint and define those petals.
Each child painted 3 or 4 flowers, depending on time. After they dried, we cut out our flowers and picked our favorites to add to the class mural. Ms. Kristin painted a vase on the a 6 foot sheet of butcher paper that was hung on the wall. We used scraps from the scrap paper bin to cut out leaves for the spaces between the flowers. We think the end result is stunning! Do you agree? It’s hard to tell in the photo, but our mural is about 6 feet tall!
Square art paper in multiple sizes
Tempera Paint: Red, orange, yellow, and black
Large and small paint brushes
Green Scraps for leaves