School Mural Program

Mural

The students are taken out of the classrooms and are forced to get out of their comfort zone. they learn to adapt and open up to new experiences. This triggers instinctive awareness and switches on their problem-solving skills and increases their critical thinking. Murals have been painted since the pre-historic times and are a creative dialogue which is very import­ant in storytelling and engaging the public with space. Murals engage with the audience and place continuously. It radiates the energy of the students that painted the wall empowering current and future students attending the school. The students feel more valued and will have a sense of pride in themselves and the school resulting in being more motivated to do better at school.

 

The Program

The delivery of the project is full of excitement, motivation and inspiration.The immersive experience encourages the students to explore new ideas, be innovative and use their imag­ination. The mural is the tool to for the creative process. The creative process is what it is all about and teaches the students all the valuable life skills. This creative process will get the students involved in the research, study of art principles, concept development, site prepa­ration, transferring of the design, painting the actual mural, sealing the work and finally the reveal. During the process, the students will learn the correct procedures involved with paint­ing murals in public spaces and what the consequences are if you do not adhere to those rules. The program thus doubles as a graffiti prevention program.

Mieke runs a student-led pro­gram that involves the students from the research and concept stage all the way through to completion of the work. The students are part of the com­plete creative process and will be challenged to be inquisitive and imaginative. They will dis­cover that this process requires persistence, discipline this will teach them valuable prob­lem-solving skills. She delivers a motivational program, that focusses on graffiti prevention, engagement to place, each other and the greater commu­nity. A large component is cre­ating awareness of the benefits of using art as an outlet to in­crease mental health. Her mis­sion is to make art accessible and to validate the importance of art.

Art Principles

The students will explore the art principles of line, shape, texture, composition, contrast, colour, form and pattern so they can use these skills to respond to their research and start developing a concept.

Research

The students will research the features of their school, history of the land, values of the school and use this as inspiration to develop a concept for their design. The will have to con­sider the relevance of their design to place, each other and the broader community.

Concept

With their tested new skills and research, they will then start to develop a concept for the mural that will invigorate the space of the school. The students learn to collaborate and in­spire each through their development of ideas. With all their individual ideas they will work towards one encompassing design. Their design will then be authentic and relevant to place or site-specific. They will start to see that this mural will be a way of storytelling capturing their ideas demanding interaction with space.

Site Preparation

An important step in the process. The students will learn about the impor­tance of good preparation work in relation to their own lives. They will encounter having to perform a boring and mundane task for a period of time, building their resilience.

Transfer

Depending on the age group the students will then learn skills to then transfer their design onto the wall This will really test their problem solving and communication skills.

Painting

The students will learn skills of handling brushes and rollers. For most students, this will be physically challenging. It will demand strength, stamina, persistence and team effort. It will be a fun experience painting on a school wall and they will feel validated for their ideas and abilities. They will feel a sense of accomplishment, ownership and will it will spark inspira­tion and respect for themselves, each other, their school and community.

Sealing

To ensure the mural lasts, they will apply a sealer to the artwork This protective coating will also ensure easy removal of any graffiti.

Reveal

Finally, there will be a ceremony to reveal the artwork and all students will receive a participation award.

The program is adaptable, so it can cater for a variety of ages and school requirements. An average program would run for 6-7 weeks with 1 hour minimum per week for each group or class. However, a full term or whole year programs are available as well. The program could be used a start of year team building or peer support program or as a final art project for the last term. All equipment, learning materials, art supplies and paints are included. In posses­sion of the blue card and public liability.

About the Artist

Mieke van den Berg is a Mural Artist and has been painting magical experiences in private homes, businesses and public spaces for over 25 years. For a number of years, she was an instructor in a variety of sports including Out­door Education. She also worked as a facilitator for a Creative Team Building program for clients such as Ernst & Young. Currently, she is studying towards a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Curtin University to increase her skills as an artist. Over the past couple of years, from her experience, she can see how differently students learn when working with an Artist oppose to an educator. Artists speak a different language full of excitement and imagination that resonates with the students and enables them to learn bet­ter. Students that are exposed and are engaged in making art learn better and this improves their mental wellbeing. It also teaches them skills needed or are reflected throughout their lives. She has combined her artistic and skills as an instructor and created an all-inclusive and engaging mural program for schools and community groups.

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Phone: 0404 770 235
Email: artbymieke@gmail.com

Servicing: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Business Hours: 9am till 5pm, Monday – Friday