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“Welcome Home Warriors” is an original work commissioned and owned by the Manteca Mural Society, Manteca, California.
The LION PRIDE Mural project between Larger Than Life Murals and La Contenta Middle School students is sure to make a lasting imprint for years to come. With it’s sheer size, bright colors, and striking design, it’s visible from almost anywhere on the campus, and even from eastbound Yucca Trail.
Beyond the visual impact, the overall success and positive experience of the LION PRIDE mural project was made possible because of a community effort. LCMS students and staff, parents, volunteer artist assistants, family, and friends all contributed in one way or another.
The Lion Pride Mural was twice featured in The Hi-Desert Star newspaper which was greatly appreciated. And of course, without the support and approval by the MUSD Board, none of this would have happened.
It all began when Jake Possehl, PBIS Director, reached out to Larger Than Life Murals (LTLM). Possehl had the idea of a LION PRIDE mural to help raise school pride to a whole new level, while encouraging student involvement as part of La Contenta’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program (PBIS).
LTLM artists Linda Shrader and Echo Westover knew this would be a great partnership project. “How many middle school students are greeted by a 15-foot-tall mountain lion stepping out of a wall in the middle of their campus everyday?” Shrader smiles, adding, “They love it, and the more we can strengthen the love + school equation, the better!”
Shrader speaks from experience. The mother daughter team of Shrader and Westover, Artist/Owners of Larger Than Life Murals, has painted over 60 murals in Southern California, and many of them on school campuses.
“The coolest part about public art murals is, they’re one of the most powerful and effective vehicles for delivering a message to students.” L. Shrader
“You can’t help but notice a larger than life mural, so of course it engages everyone on campus.” Shrader explains. “And most of us love wild animals, so that’s a WIN-WIN to start.”
Now factor in the power of hands on experience, and students reached over time… that all sums up to a REALLY powerful tool. Music also adds to the experience, hence, a classical piece was chosen for the soundtrack to the LION PRIDE Mural Time Lapse Video.
After much planning and preparation, about 20 students from three campus clubs, including LCMS Art Club, Leadership, and PBIS Student Leaders joined forces for the task.
Beginning Saturday morning, Jan. 28th, the design was laid on the wall using various techniques. Students helped with placing patterns, snap lines, locating coordinates, and making and using a plumb line. Some freehand drawing was added by Westover.
Sunday, Jan. 29th was the big student paint day. About 30 students came and went throughout the weekend. Many participated both days, and some only Saturday or Sunday, as a result of sports and other commitments.
Shrader and Westover, assisted by volunteer artists, Aaron Hansen and Jose Fierros, continued working on and detailing the mural until finished Tuesday evening.
On Friday, Feb. 3rd, reporter Leah Sanson came out to get some more information about the PBIS program and to take some photos for the Hi-Desert Star newspaper. Participating students gathered to sign their finished mural and pose for a group shot.
Larger Than Life Murals video taped the LION PRIDE Mural painting process with their high speed time lapse camera. Beginning with student paint on Sunday, the short video below is 3 days of mural painting and credits in under six minutes.
For more information about bringing a Larger Than Life Murals project to your school or organization, please contact us using our contact form or call Larger Than Life Murals at 760-413-2116.
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As construction on a new 5-star spa for pets and their people nears completion, a team of artists are busy at work on the Venus De Fido dome in the interior of the beautiful Spa. The dome murals are the first of many works of art that will grace it’s ceilings, walls, and niches.
The dome is 20′ in diameter, with 8 sections separated by faux-painted marble columns created by Cory Hamilton, of Hamilton Builders. Hamilton had the concept of bringing together a team of local artists/muralists, coordinating with each other, yet each individually painting a section of the dome.
The first two panels were designed and painted by Cory Hamilton and Bruce Hamilton respectively. Larger Than Life Murals artists Echo Westover and Linda Shrader are the two most recent artists to complete their sections of the dome.
Echo drew her inspiration from Artemis, the Goddess of Hunt and the Moon. “She is usually pictured with a hunting dog, so I thought it was rather fitting for the Venus De Fido dome mural,” explains Echo. “My dog Clever, which is a German Short Haired Pointer, serves nicely as her loyal hunting dog.”
The reference for the angel in Shrader’s All Dogs Go To Heaven, was the painting An Angel and a Devil Fighting for the Soul of a Child by Giacinto Gimignani. Cassie, a three-legged rescue dog owned by Lindi Biggi, President of Loving All Animals, is represented in this mural as the angel dog.
“I really do believe all dogs go to heaven,” comments Shrader, “I was thrilled when my design was accepted and I was able to visually illustrate this belief in my contribution to the Venus De Fido dome.”
To see more visit our Larger Than Life Murals Gallery.
In a recent Facebook post sharing some of the best Halloween make-up by fans, Inked Magazine features 3 of Echo Westover’s Halloween make-up photos, including the one they chose for the cover of their post.
The post has received over 48 thousand likes, and almost 3,000 comments.
“I submitted some photos and was really hoping they’d like one of them, but I was really surprised when I saw my Crazy Clown on the cover of their post,” said Echo. “Then I found out Inked had included two other of my photos. That was really cool.”
Echo has been posting a new Halloween Make-up look each day in October as we count down until Halloween. Some of the looks are included in the photo gallery below. To see all her make-up looks,
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Even though Echo and I love painting together, the truth is some murals are just more fun to paint than others.
This mural was one of those fun ones. Located in LA, CA, the setting for this mural was a pop-up section of wall, 13.5 feet x 7.5 feet, in the rear garden of a lovely home, in one of the oldest neighborhoods between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. It was relaxing, quiet, and beautiful.
We are always grateful when any client, whether a private individual, business, or government entity, commissions us to paint a mural. But it was the attitude and flexibility of the gracious homeowner that really made painting this mural fun and memorable.
She is not only a patron of the arts, but a promising student artist as well. While we were painting she frequently watched quietly and studied what we were doing. While we were on break, she expressed her fascination with the process, asked great questions, and was generous with encouragement and compliments.
We had a specific budget to work with when we created this design and our client wanted something with the look and feel of an old, colorful Mexican town. She did not want it too detailed or realistic, rather more painterly looking.
She was all smiles when her Old Mexican Town Mural was finished. We hope our client will enjoy her mural and garden for many years to come. Yep, this was one of the fun ones. Thank you!
One year ago this week Echo and I were painting the Hummingbird Mural at Yucca Family Medical Care. So, Happy Birthday little bird!
What happens when you give 20+ elementary school students paint, brushes, and ask them to paint a 37 foot mural in one day? We were excited to get out our cameras and record a Mural-In-A-Day time-lapse video. Watch and see!
This 37′ X 8′ mural was designed and painted by the Onaga Elementary School G.A.T.E. Students and Larger Than Life Murals (Linda Shrader and Echo Westover).
“The truth, and I believe the key to our success, is that we had faith in the students. We knew with some guidance, they could do this!”
So we invested a little of our time, shared some information, and encouraged the students to give their very best in all aspects of the project.
And of course, enjoy!
And they did.
And even though we didn’t completely finish in one day, we considered this a huge success. We are very pleased with what we did accomplish and the kids were safe, and very neat about their work.
As the day progressed, some parents, teachers, even the principal couldn’t resist the urge to grab a brush and join in.
Here are some wonderful photos taken by the Office Tech, more fondly known as the ‘Heartbeat Of The School’, Barb Parsons.
From design to completion, this mural project is a true collaboration. The students choose the plants and animals to be included in the mural through class voting. We then selected the images using either our own photographs, paying for licenses to use a stock photos, or obtained written permission from the copyright owner. Then the students voted again on which plants and animals to feature. The we brought a design concept for them to approve before proceeding to the final, hand-painted 6-foot scaled mural on wood.
Conceived by Onaga teacher and G.A.T.E. ONES Site Liaison, Mrs. Heather Possehl, the fun and educational mural depicts native plants and animals from the Morongo Basin, and is the first part of a project to create an inviting multi-purpose outdoor learning area for all Onaga students, complete with landscaping and benches.
Your skills, talents, labor, or financial support to the Onaga Outdoor Learning Area, please contact:
Mrs. Heather Possehl
Under the direction of Larger Than Life Murals, the G.A.T.E. ONES 4th-6th graders at Onaga Elementary School, along with their teacher GATE ONES Site Liaison Heather Possehl, and community volunteers will be painting a “Mural-In-A-Day” on Sat. Apr. 11th, 2015, from 9AM until 5PM on the school campus.
The 37′ x 8′ “Discover Our Desert” Mural Project was conceived by Possehl as part of an effort to create an outdoor learning and meeting area on campus, and is a collaboration between Larger Than Life Murals public artists Linda Shrader and Echo Westover and the G.A.T.E. class.
The painting will begin with a black and white shaded drawing, and the students and volunteers will be adding all the color on Saturday. The public is encouraged to stop by, watch the mural come to life, and be a part of the hi-speed time-lapse video that will be filmed through the day.
“When I first started this journey at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, I never imagined it would culminate by working with such dedicated and talented community members. They are guiding the students down a path of true understanding and helping students learn that they are part of something much bigger than themselves,” says Possehl. “They eagerly look forward to each session with Larger Than Life Murals artists and cannot wait to see their concept become a reality on April 11th.”
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The students have worked with Shrader and Westover co-creating the mural design, and learning about a wide range of good public art practices, including project planning, art design, respecting copyrights, licensing, the importance of using quality paints and protective coatings, and more. In addition, there was discussion about how fundamental academics like language art skills, mathematics, and sciences are applied to real life situations, even as an artist.
“I like to tell the students that I didn’t think academics were very important because I always knew I wanted to be an artist,” notes Shrader, “And then I became a professional artist, and guess what? I discovered that my so much of my daily operation requires academic skills! We take opportunities like this to not only teach and encourage students in their artistic endeavors, but in their academic studies as well.”
Calculating wall area and paint needed, scaling designs, cost analysis, bookkeeping, are just a few of the areas that require and incorporate math skills. Good language arts skills are a must for proposals, contracts, internet marketing, press releases, and communication between the artist and the client or public. Chemical interactions between primers, paints, and coatings, chemical emissions, as well as environmental and other factors are more easily understood with a firm grasp of chemical properties studied in science curriculums.
“I honestly can’t believe that these two amazing artists are willing to help us create something that will change our school forever,” says 6th grade G.A.T.E student Kahlena Alcantar. “It was very enjoyable meeting them and discussing the rules of painting and planning our artwork together.”
As members of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, I invite other member artists to “assist” student-artists on paint day, and hope to inspire others to get involved mentoring, teaching, and sharing their areas of interest and expertise with our children in the community.
For members of the MBCAC or other artists in the community who are interested in assisting our student artists on Saturday, April 11th, for all or part of the day, please contact Linda Shrader 760-413-2116 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a required informational meeting Thursday, April 9th, 6:30 PM, at Onaga Elementary School, Yucca Valley.
Larger Than Life Murals has created many public art murals in the Morongo Basin and beyond, teach paint classes, and are advocates of public art and art in school programs.
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Yes, Larger Than Life Murals is passionate about arts and culture in schools, and findings of the Turn Around Arts Initiative Study is just one more reason why.
Released the results of an independent study that shows substantial gains in student achievement at schools participating in its Turnaround Arts initiative. The eight schools’ in the pilot phase of the initiative, showing increases in reading and math scores, as well as an increase in attendance and a decrease in suspensions, demonstrate that the program’s use of the arts is having a measureable impact on low-performing schools by increasing student engagement and narrowing the achievement gap.
The researchers found that…
Click this link to read the full story via Home | President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
This high-speed time-lapse video shows Linda Shrader and Echo Westover stretching and priming the canvas (two days) and painting in 8 days. We did not film projection because it was just too dark, but yes, we used a projector to aid in getting the rough image on the canvas.
The canvas can be shipped and applied to a wall, interior or exterior, just like wall paper.
The Red-tail Hawk Mural was painted at Yucca Family Medical Care as part of a series of wildlife murals we’ve painted in hallways and patient rooms. Painted directly on the wall, this mural is approximately 18′ x 6′.
Other murals we’ve painted there include a wrap-around mural in a children’s patient room, complete with Road-Runner, Coyote, and a Cottontail Rabbit, a Tortoise Mural, Big Horn Sheep Mural, Hummingbird Mural, and more.
See more of our Interior Murals in our Mural Gallery.
As of Oct. 2014. For the most current information visit www.largerthanlifemurals.com
Larger Than Life Murals launched the first of their art classes this past week, starting with a Ladies Paint Night, to a group of over 30 women, and it seems a good time was had by all.
“Such a great night,” says attendee Jessica Gibbs, “They (the whole Larger Than Life Murals team) were amazing… Lots of laughs, smiles, and learning. Can’t wait for the next one!”
“I’m really happy the night went so well,” admits artist Linda Shrader, “This was our first class, and I wasn’t quite sure how well our approach would be received, especially by the ladies who had attended paint nights with other artists.” Shrader had hoped she and Westover could deliver a good balance of having fun, with learning some real painting techniques the ladies could use in the future.
In addition to oral instructions and a live demonstration, Shrader and Westover also walked around the room offering tips, assistance, and encouragement.
“I’ve been to two other paint nights with another gal. Linda and Echo’s class was 100 times better,” comments Colleen Wortham. “All of them were so very, very wonderful. I can not wait for the next class!!”
In addition to the mother-daughter artist team, Linda’s 3 other daughters were also present; Photographer, Piper Robison, shot stills and a video of the class, while Shrader’s youngest daughters, Starlin and Blaze, also shot some photos and assisted with refilling paint plates.
Raquel Villegas drove to Yucca Valley for the Ladies Paint Night, all the way from Orange County, and was glad she did. “I couldn’t believe how easy and fun it was to paint my own masterpiece!”
Larger Than Life Murals will be adding more paint classes and workshops to their website, as well as some fun requested craft projects.
For more information about Larger Than Life Murals or to schedule your own Paint Night Class, visit www.largerthanlifemurals.com
May 2014. For the most current information visit www.largerthanlifemurals.com
1. Desert Sky- painted in a main hallway.
2. The Wildlife Mural, wraps around 4 walls of the children’s patient room.
Wall #1- The Roadrunner
Wall #2- The Coyote
Wall #4- The Cottontail
3. The Hummingbird Mural- for the women’s health patient room.
4. The Bighorn Sheep Mural
At Larger Than Life Murals, we have a zest for learning. Through the years, we have compiled a list of helpful resources which cover a wide range of topics related to public arts and culture, including economic and educational impact.
There is a wealth of information and opportunity out there. This list is not exhaustive, just a collection of some we’ve found useful. We hope you do also.
If you are a working or aspiring public artist… one of the best things you can do for yourself is educate yourself.
Public arts and culture is a growing industry. And if you want to be a part of it, the more you learn about the industry the better. You can research and study successful public arts programs, join support organizations, find many educational and working opportunities, grants, residencies, and the list goes on.
Visit some public art spaces in person, and if that’s not possible, visit their websites. Ask yourself, what makes them successful? What appeals to you most? Who is considered the top artists in their disciplines? What would be your best contribution to the public at large?
See what’s out there, not so that you’ll copy someone else’s work or style, but rather be encouraged, inspired, challenged to really dig deep, and bring forth your inner most dreams and aspirations as an artist. Check out our Inspiration page for some very cool public art. Dream big! No limits. If you could create anything… what would it be? (Then do it)
The good news is, the real work has been done for you. There are links below to comprehensive studies, compendiums, reports- with real data for the numbers guys- to help you win your case for public art and art in schools, as well as so many other tools and opportunities to help you grow your public arts program.
Please note: Linda Shrader and Echo Westover of Larger Than Life Murals are sharing this information with you to for the benefit of public art everywhere. We base our opinions on our own personal experiences. Your own experience may vary.