Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Box Wall Mural

Nashville is trying a really cool thing- to create a giant "Box Wall Mural" which will be displayed at The Hermitage (home of Andrew Jackson) for their fall festival in early October.  It is a community art project- people from all over the community, all walks of life and interests are creating boxes to contribute. It has caught the attention of the Guinness Book of World Records!  Because of the cost involved ($5 a box) it was initially something I felt was prohibitive for my elementary school, but, we got a donor!  So, 32 boxes and an after school art day with 30 (yes, 30) 3rd graders, here's the start.  We are to design the front and back, so tomorrow, we go at it again, only with the 4th graders.  I painted in the design, and then broke it back apart for the kids to paint- I also gave them a "map" by putting colored x's on the parts- so that even though there are slight differences in color and application, the general design is coherent.  Can you tell that we are the Hermitage Lions?  Tomorrow AM, I will sneak in early, and trim up the black lines again, but all in all, they did a great job.  And I am writing this with my feet up in my jammies- I love my kiddos, and I want them to have a variety of art opportunities but MAN, it makes for a looong day.