We have selected topics for our
murals that have universal appeal.
Music is a language spoken and
understood by people from all
around the world. Our two musical
murals depict individuals or ani-
mals playing a musical instrument.
Another time local architecture
was studied and each child made a
building of their choice and assembled them into a large mural called
Edward Hicks’ painting Peace-
able Kingdom was researched and
each child got to select and create
their own animal for this wildlife
mural. Pieter Brueghel’s painting,
Children’s Games, was an inspiration for our art students to create
a clay version of the sixteenth-century masterpiece.
Children’s literature is a topic
we have explored, researched, and
designed for murals for our library.
Aliens, monsters, and wild crea-
tures form a mural promoting our
art program, entitled, Art Can Take
Our latest art mural contribu-
tion was a study of careers. Students
made self-portraits of their future
career choices. A quote by Elea-
Detail of a student’s take on Pieter Brueghel’s Children’s Games.
nor Roosevelt accompanied this
enlightening mural. ‘’The future
belongs to those who believe in the
beauty of their dreams.” Hopefully
our art murals will inspire our children—now and in the future—to
continue to pursue their own hopes
Sara Kirker is an art teacher at Apple Glen
Elementary in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Students use visual structures and
functions of art to communicate