Lesson Plan: Collaborative Murals

Grade Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan

Art Elements: Space, Color

Art Skills: Ideation, Collaboration, Drawing, Painting

Making Connections: Art History, Cross-Curricular


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I keep coming back to this project year after year. I love that students have to work together toward a common, artistic goal. It really pushes some students to let go of their perfectionism, as we talk a lot about how all students’ art styles will be included on the murals. In addition, the results become beautiful additions to the school hallways! You can even try this lesson with younger students. My first graders had a great time with it this year.

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6 years ago


  • E.S.

    These lessons are great! Have you done mural painting with middle school-aged students? I will be teaching a 6 week mural painting class (1 hour every day) and I’m wondering what time of paint would be best to use on a wall in an area that isn’t ventilated. Acrylic do you think?

    • Cassidy has done mosaic murals with her middle schoolers- Check out the process right here: https://theartofeducation.edu/2012/12/27/how-to-create-a-collaborative-mosaic/

    • Hmmm… that’s a great question E.S. I think acrylic would be OK, but I’m not sure how it would cover the walls, plus you would need a lot of it! What about a eco friendly Low-VOC interior paint? I think that’s made especially to be low oder and non-toxic. You may be able to make it work by buying a gallon of each primary color, black and white and have students mix.

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