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Working together on a mural can be a way to grow a classroom community and foster relationships among learners. Introduce any of the many themes offered in this program. Have students work individually or in pairs at first – practicing, developing an idea, and creating an initial printing. Then, have students add to large mural paper.

This mural grew out of a professional development workshop – Integrating the Arts – for education and child development students, teachers in training, and teachers in the laboratory school at Fullerton College in California. Professor Patricia Green Pappas had the students in her classes draw buildings on the Fullerton College campus and bring them to class for the workshop. She also photographed the buildings and enlarged and printed the photos for students to use as a reference. This same idea works well in any community setting.


Drawing and photography are vehicles for looking closely.

As you photographed and drew buildings on your historic campus, what did you notice or experience? (Maybe you saw some buildings or details that you had never noticed before?)

Let’s make a list of buildings that we want to include in our mural.

Professor Green Pappas helped students sign up to work on a specific building. Since there were so many students in the workshop, we asked participants to work in pairs. Each pair of students had a large piece of paper, as well as their drawings and the professor’s photos.


Demonstrate the process of line printing, stressing the idea of practicing the layout, sizing, and spacing of building parts. Introduce all the line tools, and review guidelines for stopping and resting tools.

Review Buildings – Build with Shapes


Share & Reflect

Many students also painted their practice prints.

Variations & Extensions