Tuesday, May 18, 2010
other drawing work throughout the semester...
Since October I have been working two days a week at one of the elementary school's in Menomonie (River Heights Elementary School). When the principal and a few teachers found out I was an art major, they started getting ideas! One of the teachers was a reading specialist, so she asked me if I would be willing to do a mural on her wall, using some of her favorite book characters. She printed off the images of the characters, and I arranged them into the final composition and such. Not having much experience painting AT ALL, I was a little hesitant and nervous as to how it would turn out, but I think it went quite well and was a great experience. I have included an image of the entire mural, and also a close up of two of my favorite completed areas.
As soon as I was finished with the mural, the principal already had another idea for me. She wanted me to paint some quotes on the students bathroom walls. After she gave me the sheet of quotes that she wanted, I used Photoshop to find a text I thought would work well with the specific quote. After that, I went back and chose a fitting color (which this idea I also used in the 2nd of my 2 final projects), and then a layout and placement on the wall for the quotes. Finally, I quickly sketched out the simple letters of the words, then painted them in the specific font.
I really enjoyed this project for the school because I got to do multiple steps, such as fonts, colors, layout, design, and the actual painting part. Another upside to this task was my agreement of actually putting quotes on walls. I have always loved quotes and find them inspirational. Also, most schools walls are much too boring and do not add to the excitement that could make a child want to go to school. By putting these quotes on the walls it makes the students interested and gets them thinking about the quote and its meaning. A couple of my favorite quote paintings are shown above.