École Monseigneur-Forget

St. Hubert, Québec

Collaborative Mural Workshop - Marcio Melo

"Getting Down To Nature"

The descent to nature is also a descent into the school cafeteria. A nice way to nourish the body and spirit of the students. Great theme!

Marcio Melo, March 2002

Creation of the Mural

The workshop plans and executes a monumental collaborative painting (mural) over three days. The scale of a mural fosters great freedom of expression and artistic accomplishment within the context of cooperation and compromise.

Prior to my arrival, the theme is decided according to local interests. Students research elements relating to the theme.

The first day looks at collaboration (boundaries - keeping or crossing them) and painting (balance, colour, composition), especially as it relates to monumental works (seen from a distance). Drawing exercises on a small scale practice collaboration. Exercises are analyzed. The mural is prepared.

The second day the mural is painted. Discussion continues on the elements of painting, collaboration and introduces the art of compromise (individual versus group identity).

The third day we discuss, "Is it finished?". After analysis of the elements of a monument, the group decides, and finishes if necessary 

The First Day - Drawing Collaboration

Colour Exercises








The Second Day - Painting the Mural




The Third Day - The Mural is Finished

 "Getting Down to Nature"

Mural Details

Artist Marcio Melo and the Mural