Chalk that up as an excellent idea! School sees its DIY geometric mural – that uses electrical tape – go viral after parents-turned-teachers call it ‘genius’
- Blanco Vista Elementary PE ,in Texas, came up with a fun mural for their pupils
- Easy-to-make DIY mural uses plastic electrical tape to make geometrical shapes
- Students then fill in the gaps of the mural with multi-coloured chalk sticks
- Homeschooling parents online praised the idea, saying they’d make their own
A school that shared an idea to create a mural out of sticky tape and chalks has seen the colourful artwork go viral after homeschooling parents shared it.
Blanco Vista Elementary PE in San Marcos, Texas, found the perfect way to keep thumb-twiddling kids busy while coronavirus rages, with the easy-to-make mural.
Using blue household tape, a teacher at the school created a mural of geometrical shapes on a wooden fence, and let their students fill in the gap with bright colours, using chalk.
Blanco Vista Elementary PE, in San Marcos, Texas, shared a picture of a fresco they created using tape and chalk – and they’ve impressed the army of self-isolating parents-turned-teachers online
The project was praised online, with many parents-turned-teachers saying they’d love to do the same, but some pointing out they’d use paint instead of chalk, so that the design can survive damp weather.
The mural was shared on Blanco Vista’s Facebook page and quickly went viral gathering more than 71,000 likes, 37,000 comments and 411,000 shares.
The initial post read: ‘I’m not an art teacher, but this is pretty awesome. Design your own design with tape, have kids use colored chalk.’
‘When finished peel the tape, and you have a masterpiece!’
The picture showed that the mural was obtained by tracing duct-tape lines on the fence, contained in a large rectangle.
Children were asked to fill in the gaps in the fresco left by the tape with a specific colour of chalk to surprisingly good effect
Pictured: The finished design once teachers removed the tape. The DIY project is temporary thanks to the chalk, and doesn’t cost much to make
Once done, students were asked to fill in the gaps with a colour of their choice. The result was a mutli-coloured fresco, in blue, yellow, green and pink.
Once all the gaps were filled, the teachers removed the tape, so that the colourful shape could be seen on the wood.
The school shared a picture of another mural, perhaps made with another group of children, on their Facebook page (pictured)
On social media, the positive comments came thick and fast: ‘This is awesome. The chalk won’t last, but you could take a picture to frame,’ one said.’
‘I love this!! Going to try it! I have yet to do any art projects with them as I’m not very crafty. This looks fun,’ wrote another parent.
‘I am an art teacher(retired) and this is magical! I will be doing this with my grandchildren. But… With paint,’ penned another.
Parents tasked with homeschooling said they loved the idea and said they would use it with their children, but some pointed out chalk wouldn’t last