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.