Mural Project

Mural Project

Residency for grades K through 12th

Tony Ortega has completed dozens of community murals over the past 20 years. The mural reflects the needs, hopes and dreams of the community who creates them. They are part of a community arts movement which emerges as an alternative art education program by ordinary people as they reach out to their community. The mural process encourages participants of different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds to collaborate, develop friendships, and learn from each other while developing their art skills. The community mural making process includes the two following areas:

Design and Layout of the mural
A. Discussion about location, size and subject of the mural
B. Requirements of time, resources and materials
C. Two sketches of proposed mural
D. Preparing surface of mural (gesso/primer)
E. Layout of final mural as a cartoon or on surface

Contact time with students/community artist
A. Teaching and guiding student in the painting process
B. Working with groups of 4 to 5 students in timed rotations
C. Painting process includes the following:
1. Under painting
2. Dry brush
3. Pointillism and pattern painting
4. Outlining and final touch up
5. Varnish application

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