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Thursday, October 15, 2015

School-wide Mural

J.W. Killam Family Tree

Year two~ Each student traced his/her hand and selected one color to decorate the hand with symbols that represent themselves or a design.  Students used colored pencils, markers, and crayons.

To view year one and the making of the tree, click here.











16 comments:

  1. What did you make these out of and how did you create your mural?? It's BEAUTIFUL! Love the gradient into each color.

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  2. Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for the compliment and comment! I love knowing someone is checking out my blog! Comments make me smile!

    Each child was given a 1/2 sheet of 80 or 90 # white drawing paper (nothing fancy) and told to trace their hand. Then each student selected a color and used colored pencils, crayons, and markers in that one color to draw small pictures that represent themselves or a design on the hand. The whole hand needed to be filled in. A few kiddos used analogous colors (neighbors on the color wheel) or just missed the whole one color concept. I put most of those along the bottom of the tree.

    Finally they cut out the hands and I laminated each as I wanted them to last for the year and beyond. I grouped the hands into like colored piles and began taping them to the tree painted on the wall. I did try to make lighter and darker hand piles within each group. Ex. light and dark blues, etc.

    To paint the tree, I used black semigloss interior paint on top of bricks. Then used white chalk to draw the tree. The Chalk is easy to wipe off with a damp rag if you make a mistake. Finally I used Martha Stewart silver interior paint- small tub available from Home Depot.

    There are about 400 hands on the tree.

    Hope this is useful. :)
    Amy

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  3. lOVE IT TOO, I´M GOIN TO TRY AND USE THIS IDEA FOR ONE OF MY PROJECT.

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  4. Lee-Anne and Lil, Thanks so much for the comments. It is nice to know others are getting something from the time and effort it takes to maintain the blog. Have a great summer!
    Amy

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  5. I love this! What does the page in the middle of the tree say??

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  6. This is beautiful, and what a perfect quote! I like to begin each year with a school-wide collaborative piece and this is perfect! Thank you for taking the time to share : )

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  7. beautiful. very beautiful... so beautiful it touch my soul!

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  8. Looks great! I am hoping to do something similar at my school for anti bullying day. Just wondering how you managed to stick the hands onto the bricks?
    Thanks

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  9. The bricks are painted. I have used masking tape -with a ton or re-sticking- total pain. This year I have coffee filters on the tree and they are staying up great with permanent glue dots. They have not pulled the paint from the brick (I have re-positioned some) and have stayed up since early October. I would go with that. :)

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    1. We definitely are interested in borrowing this idea. :)
      However, what do you mean by using the coffee filters. You lost me there.
      Thanks!

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  10. I love this idea for inspiring feelings of family and community. Do you have pictures of this year's tree? I would really like to see how this evolves each year.

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