Welcome back! We are halfway through this year’s challenges! Time is flying! You can find last month’s Creative Every Day challenge here.
The theme for June was Childhood. Lucky for me, I didn’t have to think too much as to what to do! I was hired to paint a mural for a local school (K-3). Can’t get more about childhood than that!The school principal had started a program based on the Bucket Fillers children’s books by Carol McCloud. It is a great program that teaches respect and goodwill to all those around you. You can find out all about the program at the official website, Bucket Fillers 101.
The area I was given to paint was a hallway that divided the school. It was a very uninspiring space and so I was asked to brighten it up! I painted a super-sized bucket at one end of the hall filled with colorful streamers, stars and hearts. I also added three bucket tickets that the principal wrote out to represent ideas that the kids might have written. I painted while school was still in session and it was wonderful to interact with the kids as they passed me in the hall! I was a big attraction for them!
Running down both sides of the hallway, I added more streamers with words that represented the ideals the school was teaching along with the bucket fillers program.
Hanging off of each streamer with a little stick child holding a bucket! I added more stars and hearts to fill in the space. To make it easy on myself, I used a great stencil I had found at Walmart for the stars and hearts. Way easier than hand painting all of them!
I love painting murals but most of the time I am alone with just the wall for company! This was a lot more fun having the kids passing by and making sweet comments! I think it was also good for them to see an artist at work. School closed for the summer a couple days after I finished the mural, so now the kids are enjoying the best part of childhood…SUMMER!!!
Hope yours is a fun-filled one! Share some of your best childhood memories below in the comments.
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