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FEB 2013

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Soft bristle acrylic brushes were used to paint. The Painting Begins students' bodies, cut the silhouettes Using soft-bristle acrylic brushes, I out, and taped them to the designated showed students how to first paint mural wall. This process continued the outline, then fill in the silhouette. for a few weeks, allowing me the time Although it was not possible for every to rearrange, overlap, or replace figstudent in the school to paint, every ures until a pleasing composition was classroom did have achieved. It also allowed our prinI wanted our mural to carry representatives cipal and staff to two messages. One was the participate. make suggestions Along the botjoyful exuberance displayed and hopefully buy tom of the mural by elementary students. into the mural's we painted a large The second message was blue and green arc idea. With a pencil, that we all have the same representing the I lightly traced globe. Along the needs and desires. around the paper top, intertwinsilhouettes, transferring them onto ing the figures, I painted a red ribbon. the wall. For paint we used 7 oz. wall Words of diversity and tolerance, sugpaint samples. One sample provided gested by students, were lettered in enough paint to cover one figure with with a small brush in white paint. two coats. Since the wall contained seven figures, the seven colors of the Dedication Ceremony rainbow were an obvious choice and The mural was completed in June in supported the message of diversity. time for a dedication ceremony at our last school assembly. I added the title, A Ribbon of Friendship—A World of The figu re was fi rst outl ined th en painted in. Friends along the top using cut vinyl letters. Has the mural helped unify the school? I hope so. Art has the ability to do that. I do know it is a source of pride for the whole school. And a once bland wall now exhibits some of the exuberance reflected by the students who enter Hiller from around the globe. Note: This project was supported by a grant from the Michigan Government and Teachers Credit Union. Craig Hinshaw is an artist and art teacher who lives in Davison, Michigan. He is also the author of Clay Connections (Poodle Press, 2008). www.craighinshaw.com NAtioNAl StANdArd Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art. Web liNk www.haring.com schoolartsonline.com 29

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