Building a Mural Takes Time and Planning

As Art Workshop and Young at Art artists progress through our fall semester, our focus is on completing the two panel mural which will hang in the second floor rear stairwell of the Saint Joseph the Protector School’s Jenkintown campus.

IMG_4666In keeping with our theme for the semester, the students, along with two former AW artists, have designed their portion of this massive piece, which will measure 8′ x 6′, two 4′ and 6′ panels hung side-by-side.

Although our show date is drawing near, the artists have made real progress. The design parameters are drawn, and lines are taped off. Work has begun on the 3D tops of the columns (mimicking those in Immaculate Conception Church). A colored pencil work is part of the design process. Students were given Bristol board in the same shape as their portion of the stretched canvas. After deciding on an image, they lightly sketched their designs on the Bristol board, then layered colored pencil to create a full-color study.

From the full-color study, students will transfer the image (tracing paper is a handy tool!) to the main canvas, and then rebuild their work using acrylic paints. The layering of the colored pencils teaches the artists about color choices and what they have to consider when mixing paint for the IMG_4667final version. Also, background choices are an important part of the process.

Stay tuned as we worked on this piece with the goal of presenting it to the Immaculate Conception community on Sunday, November 15 at our Fall show!

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