Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Long Island Muralist gives school a makeover
Camp Ave. school in Merrick has recently undergone a makeover. I had the opportunity of creating 9 unique murals through out the grammar school. The murals encompass the grade appropriate curriculum of the school, and are large , bright and colorful! We were excited to work on these murals because the characters in the murals were fun , and very identifiable with children and adults of any age. The children were so enthusiastic, asking for autographs and offering constant positive feedback and encouragement! There were 9 murals in all, and I tried to make each mural different -reflecting the grade, subject matter and feel of the painting. Some challenges were painting on brick and cinderblock, as well as having to complete these murals from concept to finish in onlt 1 weeks time! The murals were sketched in concept on paper first, then we painted backgrounds and large ares first. Our biggest challenge was the entrance to the school due to the high ceilings and stairwell. We decided on overgrown animals and characters to fill the space and bring an air of cheerful welcome to the entryway.