The Design

Here it is, 875 square foot of mural design divided into nine segments and gridded to scale. Note that the grid is the key to engaging amateurs and unskilled volunteers throughout the process, by dividing the whole into 6-inch squares.

The entire design was inspired by more than 100 student submissions received on Valentine’s Day based on the question, “How does your family welcome guests into your home?” The mural’s narrative came from layering six pictures, and details came from other entries.

Transposing the mural outline to the wall involves three principal steps:

  1. Create the temporary grid using chalk lines and a number/letter scheme to find given squares.
  2. Sketch the outline using charcoal (which allows for erasable mistakes) one six inch square at a time.
  3. Paint over the charcoal to make the outline permanent.

[Click on each segment to enlarge.]


About ps102mural

PS 102 is a public elementary school in Brooklyn, New York, with 1,200 students in grades K-5. In 2011, our school administration, parents, students, faculty, and local artists and volunteers collaborated on a public art mural to celebrate our school's extraordinary diversity. Visit us online at View all posts by ps102mural

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