Friday, August 3, 2012

mural class

If you've been following along, I've been teaching a 6 week mural class in Harvey. This was the plan, an 8"x20" painting:

We ended up with an 8'x24' mural on plywood which was to be installed outside on Broadway. The first week the kids primed the boards, and began cartooning which they finished up 2nd week.

Then onto the painting.  

We also planned, if time permitted, to add mosaics to the hearts.

Here it is all done! ready for the installation outside! It was decided to hang the mural up high so that it would be able to be seen over any parked cars and to hopefully limit any vandalism. We had planned to have a wrap around secondary mural on the courtyard side of the building, but hanging the kids' mural high changed that plan. This secondary mural would feature the landscape background escaping out of the "frame" and dissolving toward the inside corner.

I agreed on Monday to paint the mural. I would start Wednesday morning. It was to be completed for Thursday's student program when the kids' mural would be unveiled. It was going to be a long two days. Here's the original space the kids primed.

And so I began on Wednesday...

And Thursday...which included scaffolding. Ideally, I would have painted this top down, but that wasn't an option.

The unveiling!

The murals are at Restoration Ministries Gallery of the Arts at 15331 Broadway in Harvey, Illinois. A big thanks to them for this opportunity. They have a great program in place for the community and are working hard to make Harvey a better place.

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