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Mini Mural Project, Flowers - Nicole Bauberger

Nicole Bauberger • Extended Projects

Students come in to work on the project in numbers that allow them to gather around the mural, whatever shape it is. This is likely no more than 8 students at a time, perhaps fewer depending on the shape that suits its final installation. We paint the mural collectively, starting with students drawing flowers. Everyone knows how to draw flowers and they are an important motif in Yukon art. The flowers can have faces or fangs, and some other bits and pieces might sneak in. After the surface is covered with the drawings, we paint it in gel, green and white, then start to layer glazes – first a red glaze to neutralize the green, then blue in the background, then a warm glaze in the foreground. We then add bright opaque colours to the flowers, and if there is time, add transparent glazes over those colours to deepen them. This part can go back and forth as long as there’s time, each group looking at the mural and thinking about what might make it even better. We can also incorporate words in the design, and in the past work has featured words in the local First Nations language. Clearcoating and installation is usually managed by the teachers at the school due to limits in Artist in the School hours. Please note that we would need to set up the studio ahead of time. In general, this project takes prep hours in addition to the hours directly in the classroom.

Grade SuitabilityAll grade levels but K – and maybe 1 depending on their skill level should work with a buddy.
Maximum Class SizeGroups of approx 8 students
Time RequiredTo be determined by project.
Material RequiredFloor or table covering in a room to be devoted to the mural for its painting process, well primed crezone boards (about 11 square feet for a 2.5 day mural, longer for larger), professional quality acrylic paint and gel medium (consult with Nicole, she may be able to provide this), clear coat, with an extra layer if the mural is to be installed outdoors, class set of brushes, (square bristle brushes: ¾ inch and ¼ inch, detail brushes), containers, containers with lids, paper towels, pencils.
Material CostBased on project.
Language of InstructionEnglish or French
AvailabilityNicole says: "Let's talk - Nov 8-Christmas, and Feb-June all possible at time of writing."
Special NotesThis can easily be adapted to a more advanced project for older grades.

Nicole Bauberger

Nicole Bauberger is a storyteller, painter, sculptor, writer and arts educator. Teaching and learning live close to the heart of her art practice. She educated herself mostly through collaborations and apprenticeships with other artists. She had the blessing of a learning friendship with Mrs. Annie Smith of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation which continues with Annie’s family today. Nicole loves to bring what she has learned in these relationships into schools, continuing to learn from collaborative adventures with students. For four years she created murals with students in Ontario High Schools through the Ontario Artists in Education Program. Her work can be seen out in the community and at the Yukon Artists @ Work Gallery.

Click here to read Nicole's published article in the Canadian Art Teacher's Journal (p. 49).

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