Painted Tiles Mural

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Students will work as a team to create a wall mural made up of individually painted tiles.

By Elizabeth Basa [Elizabeth is a teacher at the Islamic Foundation in Chicago.]

What You Need:

  • white non-glossy ceramic tiles
  • acrylic or oil paint or permanent markers
  • brushes
  • silicon glue/dispenser gun
  • empty wall space

What You Do:

  1. Each student is given a tile to design. It is best to encourage them to draw rough drafts on white paper cut out to be the size of your tile.
  2. Once decided, the students paint the final work on the tile, along with their name and date.
  3. Choose a conspicuous spot in your school and permanently affix the tiles on the wall. (don’t forget to get permission first!)
  4. The students are now a part of the history of the school, and can come back year after year to see their tiles.

Variation: You can choose a theme, such as Earth wall or memory wall, or honor someone, to give each section special meaning. Each graduating class can have their own space. We are a religious school and make inspirational messages on our tiles for everyone to learn from.

This experience is very rewarding for all children, as their work is now a part of history.

This also adds great character to the school.

The tiles are very cheap, and can be bought from any home improvement store (or of course tile store)