Mural Art Leaving a legacy

What is a Mural?

A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture.

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.

For 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 50–100 public art projects each year, and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative. Core Mural Arts programs such as Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults.

Each year, 12,000 residents and visitors tour Mural Arts’ outdoor art gallery, which has become part of the city’s civic landscape and a source of pride and inspiration, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.”

Consider the Space

Notice how this set of murals really considers the space without filling every inch with color or design. Also how they match the attitude of the location. Muralist most often consider their community.

School Murals

Here is a set of murals produced in schools or similar settings.


Research. Follow the above links. Do a Google Search for Murals. Check out Pinterest.

Collect. Find ideas you like and save them to this shared Google Doc. Check the Doc and comment on others. This is a good way to narrow down likes and dislikes as we move toward a theme.

Sketch: Each of you will come up with a design. We may use one or combine many to get our final design. Choose a color scheme for your design, keeping in mind the environment it will live.

Pitch the Idea: It will be necessary to pitch our idea to the administration. As an artist you will need to welcome feedback, hear concerns and make necessary revisions to satisfy the client.

Project: To transfer the design the image will be projected on the wall. Keep in mind, we may have to adjust the scale of the drawing as the distance is not great.

Mix and Label Color: Nothing gets painted unitl the plan is in place.

Paint! This is a process. Some areas will need multiple coats. Edges will need to be clean and we will have to take care of the space we are painting. When painting clean up need to be THOROUGH and SHARED by everyone in the group.

CELEBRATE. You have created your mark to be left in the school.


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