Step 2: Draw the mural design
Using the pop can, draw in pencil the design of the main logo on the paper for the bench seat. Then design the main image that will be on the bench back. For example, if using an Orange Crush can, use the fruit to be centered on the seat back, and use the word CRUSH to be on the bench seat. Try to draw the design as close to the pop can as possible.
Step 3: Paint the Main Design
Using the primary colors, mix paint for other colors needed. Teach students for example, how the primary colors blue and yellow make different greens, depending on how much yellow or blue is used. Add black to darken the color and white to lighten it.
Have a group of five students work at each bench. Tape the bench seat design on the bench to refer to it often. While five at a time are painting, the others can play in the nearby playground. Have one student paint the main letters such as Sprite, Coca Cola, Crush, 7-Up or Pepsi first.
Others should paint in the main color of the background. Supervise the general painting of the bench and adjust for knots in the wood or spaces between the wood. Have younger students work on the background being sure to cover in even strokes in the same direction.
Step 4: Paint the Fine Details
Have the older students paint finer details such as red around the orange droplets of a CRUSH can, outlines of letters, circles, bubbles, silver shadows on letters, and other highlights. Paint the details once the main design has had some time to dry. Have the real pop can on hand to examine the colors used. Use smaller paintbrushes if needed. Use a gray color if you do not have silver. Spray or paint with a clear sealer to protect the wooden park bench.