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Monday, July 29, 2019

Murals to Inspire

Our mural painting team with their instructor after the 3-day hard work 

Murals are typically art applied directly to wall, ceiling or other permanent surface. The earliest known murals are the Paleolithic cave paintings some 40,000 BCE. Masters like Leonardo Da Vinci (Last Supper) and Michelangelo Buonarroti (Last Judgement, The Creation of Adam, and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel) produced murals during the Renaissance period.
 It is during Mexican Muralism that murals got a new dimension as a powerful visual communication tool, through the large paintings of “the great three”: Diego RiveraJosé Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, at that time murals became the most important form of expression, and the subject of controversy and always a symbol of solidarity, freedom and hope.  
Today murals are an important form of public art with styles varying from abstract to trompe l’oeil.  In Denver the annual Crush Walls festival is spotlighting local, national, and international artist to bring the streets of RiNo district to life and has created hundreds of inspiring murals in that area since 2009. Read more about Crush Walls by clicking here.

Our school had during the past weekend the privilege to offer a workshop on the basics of painting murals. One of our instructors is a mural painter focusing mostly on botanical material and was willing to share her trade secrets with twelve students. The initial plan was to practice on our classroom wall and then paint it over during our annual maintenance week. The Zinnia-wall will stay without immediate over painting -Congratulations Zinnia-Team!!! 

Adding the furniture on its place makes a big difference and the decision weather or not the wall was going to be painted over immediately was easy to make.

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