Students collaborate to create a mural that represents a mission statement, goal, or value that is important to them.
What message do you want to send to your school? Facilitate a conversation about shared values at school and develop a plan to create a mural that captures a unifying message, goal, or value.
Choose a location for your mural, and gather many different perspectives and a few artists (budding and experienced!) to collaborate on planning and creating.
Tips & Suggestions:
- Consider who needs to be included in your mural creation. Are diverse voices represented? Should adults at your school participate or have their own?
- Murals can be interactive – consider having everyone leave a hand or thumb print, or allowing for people to add their signatures or doodles to the mural.
- Colorful and positive physical surroundings can enhance learning and student engagement (Fairbanks, 2000).
- Students feel more connected and valued as members of the school community when their work is displayed in classrooms and hallways (Geller et al., 2007).
- Participating in group art-making activities promotes community bonding and has been linked to improvements in mental health, confidence and self-esteem (Hacking et al., 2008).