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
- silicon glue/dispenser gun
- empty wall space
What You Do:
- 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.
- Once decided, the students paint the final work on the tile, along with their name and date.
- Choose a conspicuous spot in your school and permanently affix the tiles on the wall. (don’t forget to get permission first!)
- 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)