Each mural involves some brainstorming: the artists think together about what kinds of images they want to include, what messages they want to give to those who see the murals, and what techniques, colors, and design layouts will be most useful. Fifth grade students at P.S. 36 (Margaret Douglas School) spent time mixing and experimenting with colors, sketching their own individual scenes of the neighborhood, learning about stencils and the magic of grid layouts, and painting a textured color background.
Note on method and materials: The mural was conceived originally as a tribute wall for Maria; three panels of the brick wall of the courtyard were set aside to be worked on, each a square 5 feet by 5 feet.
In the first part of the planning, through school administrators and Jackie of Harlem Dowling, I asked students attending PS 161, as many as possible and especially those who had known Maria, to create their own images of remembrance on square pieces of paper, using pen, pencils, crayons, markers, or other media.
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