Mural of Color and Excitement!
This last school year was a very busy one for me with 36 students, an aid, a student teacher, and many changes in our curriculum so I neglected my blog and for those faithful followers I am greatly sorry. But now that summer has begun its an excellent opportunity for me to catch up and get back to sharing the things I did this school year.
I finished my year with a bang when the students and I found a most clever way to use up the scrap paper from the year and create an awesome and colorful display for the hallway and all the summer visitors to our building. I wish I could say it was my own idea, but my daughter sent me a pin from Pinterest that inspired the whole idea.
I didn't do mine exactly the way Small Hands Big Art did, but their posting did get my own creative juices going. I hung 18 by 9 feet of blue bulletin board paper with blue duc tape in the hall and free handed some rough pattern of swirls and waves. Then I collected all the scrape paper I had around my room and cut it into roughly 1.5 by 1.5 inch small squares keeping the similar colors sorted in containers. I gathered all the glue sticks we had and took the 36 students to the hall. With just a few directions about how to add glue to the paper attaching the squares and how to change from color to color gradually, the students got started! it was perfect!
The last days of students can be pretty rough on both the students and the teacher as everyone gets tired of the same old lessons they have had all year. The hours and days can drag on and it seems like all you are doing as the teacher is nagging the students to be quiet and get focused. This project was perfect to boost both the students and teacher's spirit as well as create a buzz in the school with all the other classes passing us in the hall and wanting to be apart. It was really a great deal of fun and filled our last three days of school in a very happy way!
The mural gave a fresh spark to the last days of this school year and will keep the hallway cheerful through the summer welcoming visitors who may be checking out our school.