Ocean Wall Mural Tips
Hints and Tips
Try to paint the mural in steps and layers to show depth and perspective in the painting. Use darker colors to draw attention to different areas of the mural, such as blacks for schools of fish or large rocks.
If trying to create the mural with a realistic effect, try not to paint well defined shapes and objects as things seen through water are blurry and murky. If painting from a very clear photo, use bright acrylic paint to show vibrant colors and shapes if that is the desired effect.
Include students in the design and painting of the mural so that they will respect and have a vested interest in keeping the area around the sink clean and beautiful.
Lessons to Teach:
Use this art lesson on murals to teach about mural artists such as Wyland and his 100 whaling walls. A website giving some of his life history is found at: http://www.kidzworld.com/article/2021-wyland-whaling-wall-murals-ocean-art. A great video of Wyland speaking, showing his ocean murals and telling what he wants to teach the world can be found on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGHTxn4L1Fs
Use the mural painting to teach about the primary colors and the different shades and tints that can be created using black and white.
Ocean murals can be used with a science lesson to teach about the kinds of fish and plants that would be found in the ocean. Use the lesson to teach about different types of whales, turtles or endangered species.
Use the lesson to teach that art is found everywhere. There are famous murals on sea walls, bathroom walls, and in mansions. A mural is usually on a wall but can be painted on any surface that is permanent.
Painting an ocean mural near a sink, a waterfall mural near a water fountain or an underwater world in a science room can help children to respect their environment. They can use the mural painting as an art lesson on mural artists, a science lesson on marine life or an ecology lesson on environments. Painting murals on permanent surfaces is fun and easy to do.
Photo Credits: Lila Kallstrom
References: Author's Personal Experience