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LION PRIDE Mural with LCMS Student Artists and Leaders

Click here to read the feature article in the Hi-Desert Star

News Article, Hi-Desert Star newspaper. LION PRIDE Mural featured.
News Article, Hi-Desert Star newspaper. LION PRIDE Mural featured.
An Engaging Mural Project Makes An Imprint

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.

Finished Lion Pride Mural Group Shot.
Finished Lion Pride Mural Group Shot. 32′ x 18′, Acrylic on stucco. Photo by L. Shrader

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.

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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.

Students from LCMS Art Club, Leadership, and PBIS Student Leaders Participated

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.

Two scissor-lifts were used under the watchful eye of staff and parents. Far left, Principal Dr. Gruwell. Center photo, PBIS Director Jake Possehl. Photo by Lori Thomas

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Students Began Painting Sunday

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.

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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.

Students sign LION PRIDE Mural
Students sign LION PRIDE Mural. Photo by L. Shrader
Larger Than Life Murals High Speed Time Lapse Video

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.

Click on any photo to open the LION PRIDE Mural Gallery view to see all the photos larger…

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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Discover Our Desert Mural at Onaga Elementary School

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Mural Completion, Discover Our Desert

Mural Completion, Discover Our Desert

Mural Completion! Here is a gallery of photos from the completion of Discover Our Desert Mural, a Mural-In-A-Day project between Larger Than Life Murals and Onaga Elementary School G.A.T.E. Class.

It’s such a joy to see the pride and sense of accomplishment the kids that painted the mural have with it. You can see by the way they touch it, that the connection runs deep, and the memories of the experience will last a lifetime.

We’ve built some relationships that will continue beyond this project, and are looking forward to following some of the student’s artistic endeavors in the years to come.

We were also surprised and honored by G.A.T.E. Site Liaison, Heather Possehl, when she invited us to a Morongo Unified School District Board meeting, and presented us with a beautiful plaque of appreciation! Thank you Heather!

Appreciation Plaque, Onaga Elementary School, Discover Our Desert Mural
Appreciation Plaque, Onaga Elementary School, Discover Our Desert Mural

For the full story see these related posts:

Discover Our Desert Mural-In-A-Day Timelapse Video

Discover Our Desert Mural-In-A-Day

Discover Our Desert Mural-In-A-Day Time-Lapse Video

“Discover Our Desert” Mural-In-A-Day Time-Lapse Video

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).

G.A.T.E. Students painting "Discover Our Desert" Mural-In-A-Day, Onaga Elementary School, Yucca Valley, CA Photo by BJ Parsons
G.A.T.E. Students painting “Discover Our Desert” Mural-In-A-Day, Onaga Elementary School, Yucca Valley, CA
Photo by BJ Parsons

“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.

  1. Safety first.
  2. Respect all persons and property (including NO paint spills).
  3. Take pride in your work and give your very best painting effort.

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.

There Are 16 Native Plants and Animals In The Mural Identified On The Legend KEY.

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.

If You Would Like To Contribute

Your skills, talents, labor, or financial support to the Onaga Outdoor Learning Area, please contact:

Mrs. Heather Possehl

email: Heather_Possehl@morongo.k12.ca.us


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“Discover Our Desert” Mural-In-A-Day

G.A.T.E. STUDENTS TO PAINT “DISCOVER OUR DESERT” MURAL-IN-A-DAY AT ONAGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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.

Discover Our Desert, Hand Painted Design
Discover Our Desert, Hand Painted Design by Larger Than Life Murals

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.”

Click on any image to open the slide show

Through A Series Of After-School Meetings

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.”

We Need About 15-20 Artist-Assistant Volunteers

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 linda@largerthanlifemurals.com. 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.

Additional Information: Larger Than Life Murals www.largerthanlifemurals.com

Butterfly Mural Exhibition- IWAF 2015

Butterfly Mural, Featured Exhibition At 13th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival 2015

 

Screenshot 2015-03-17 20.53.26In keeping with the Indian Wells Arts Festival’s mantra, “Where Art Is Happening,” we were honored to be invited for our fifth year, to be one of many ‘artists in action,’ creating an exhibition mural from start to finish during the 3-day festival.

The butterfly mural titled, “The Butterfly Has Landed,” was designed by Echo, and painted by both of us, April 3-5, 2015. It’s 12′ x 5′ acrylic (on 3 individual- 4′ x 5′ canvases), and we’re looking for a permanent home for it. If you’re interested in owning this mural at a great price, contact us here.

We have to keep the mural fairly simple to complete it in 3 days, because we spend a lot of time, answering questions and sharing information about mural painting. But good design and color are effective in catching the attention of festival goers.

When interested children approach, we often hand them the paint brush to add a few strokes and “help” with the mural, with parents permission of course.

Echo was also honored with a 3rd place ribbon in the acrylic painting category, with the beginnings of her newest series, featuring a stylized look at some iconic Southern California landscapes.

Visit www.indianwellsartsfestival.com For more Festival Experience!

To view more photos, visit our Larger Than Life Mural Gallery

A List of Public Art Resources

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.

Click here to view the list: Public Art & Cultural Resources List.
You can also visit our website at www.largerthanlifemurals.com and use the Public Art Resources tab.

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)

If you’re on a cultural arts council, or want to help start/develop a  public arts program but don’t know where to begin, this is a pretty good place. Again, educate yourself.

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.

Welcome to Joshua Tree Mural Video

Larger Than Life Murals painting a public art mural, and the ribbon cutting. The mural was sponsored by local businesses of the Village of Joshua Tree, CA., and is located on the east facing wall of Natural Sisters Cafe, 61695 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

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Larger Than Life Murals – 2014 Open Studio Art Tours

Larger Than Life Murals is proud to announce their new studio will be open both weekends of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council Open Studio Art Tours,  Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2, 2014. Location and hours information soon forthcoming.

In addition to murals, Linda Shrader and Echo Westover will be exhibiting fine art oil and acrylic paintings, graphite drawings, photography, and sculptural pottery.

art tours dates

“This is a first for us, and we’re very excited,” says Linda Shrader, artist/muralist, and co-owner of Larger Than Life Murals.

Linda recently returned to the high desert, after living in Riverside for the past 5 years, and bought another home in Yucca Valley. “It’s good to be back in the Morongo Basin, we’ve been busy in our new studio and we’re very excited about finally being able to participate in the MBCAC Open Studio Art Tours this fall. Our new studio has a 16′ ceiling, so we can showcase some murals in studio.”

A life-long artist, Shrader has been painting murals over 12 years, and started Larger Than Life Murals in 2007. She and her co-owner and daughter, Echo Westover, have painted several murals in the Morongo Basin, including the Patriotic Mural on the Glen Realty building in Yucca Valley, and two murals in Joshua Tree, the Respect/Protect Tortoise Mural on the Joshua Tree Laundry building and Welcome to Joshua Tree on the Natural Sisters Cafe building.

Larger Than Life Murals "Respect, Protect" Tortoise Mural,
Larger Than Life Murals, Respect-Protect Mural, Joshua Tree, CA 2009
After 9-11, Larger Than Life Murals we commissioned by George Gibbs, to paint this Patriotic Mural on the Glen Realty, Yucca Valley, CA
This 24′ x 9.5′ mural was the first after starting Larger Than Life Murals, commissioned by George Gibbs,  Glen Realty, Yucca Valley, CA
Welcome to Joshua Tree Mural Ribbon Cutting
Welcome to Joshua Tree Mural Ribbon Cutting

In 2001, Linda served on the first Board of Directors for the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council. One of the board’s early visions was to create an Open Studio Art Tour. They did, and with the efforts of successive boards, many volunteers, and support of the patrons, the Hwy. 62 Open Studio Art Tours has become a big success here in the Morongo Basin,  and continues to grow each year. Read more on www.mbcac.org

Welcome to Joshua Tree Mural

Welcome to Joshua Tree Mural

Welcome to Joshua Tree Mural is a community mural in Joshua Tree, CA. The 21′ x 9′, mural was painted in acrylic on stucco.

Sponsored by many local businesses in the Village of Joshua Tree, and painted by Echo Westover and Linda Shrader of Larger Than Life Murals. It’s on the East-facing wall of Natural Sisters Cafe on Hwy. 62., a gracious contribution from building  owner, Linda Perry.

Designed by Echo Westover, the jack rabbit on the right, also painted by Echo Westover, is a Larger Than Life version of Marcia Geiger’s original small painting “Surprise Jack,” which was recreated in the mural with her permission. You can see her reaction to seeing it finished in the video below.

We had a lot of fun painting this mural, and because of the family-friendly atmosphere in Joshua Tree, Echo and I were assisted by my other 3 daughters: Piper Robison, Starlin and Blaze Shrader. And by my sister, Jody Person. We were also honored by the assistance of the famous Aaron Hansen on the lettering.

Special thanks to Frederick Fulmer of Joshua Tree Art Gallery (JTAG) for coordinating this whole community project!

Mecca Roundabout, Monument Mural 2013

The Mecca Roundabout Mural

Mecca Round About
Mecca Round About

Larger Than Life Murals recently painted a small mural on the newly constructed monument wall in the middle of the Mecca Roundabout traffic circle at 4th Street and Hammond Rd.

The mural was commissioned by the Riverside County Transportation Dept. and made possible by federal and local grants.

Because we were literally in the middle of traffic, which included many agricultural trucks and semi’s, safety was of the utmost concern, as well as getting done and out of there as soon as possible. But we always enjoy painting, and I guess it looked like so much fun that Senior Inspector Alec Yzaguirre just had to grab a brush and lend a hand.

For more information, see the Riverside County Transportation Dept. Project Overview.

Exhibition Mural- Indian Wells Arts Festival 2015

Larger Than Life Murals To Paint Exhibition Mural, 13th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival

 

Screenshot 2015-03-17 20.53.26We’re excited and honored to be back at one of our all-time favorite arts festivals, The Indian Wells Arts Festival, April 3,4,5, 2015. Echo and I will be painting an exhibition mural from start to finish during the 3-day festival.

This is what we painted in 2011…

For More Details, View Our Calendar

Or visit www.indianwellsartsfestival.com

An Excerpt From The Desert Entertainer…

Screenshot 2015-03-17 18.41.24Indian Wells Arts Festival, three days of art & entertainment Published: Thursday, March 12, 2015 8:19 PM Pacific

Always a favorite among art enthusiasts is the incredibly talented Falossi family of artists whose rock sculptures inspire nothing less than awe as the award-­winning ‘rock duo’ David Falossi and his young son Christopher chip away a work of art from a stone block. Painter Linda Shrader and her daughter Echo Westover will create a spectacular large-­scale mural, completed from start to finish over the three­-day event; and, glass­-blower Bruce Freund will transform sand into colorful, delicate hand­-blown glass art with temperatures of more than 2,100 degrees in his portable furnace.

New to the Festival this year is portraiture artist Peter Mikulak whose talent rose to fame with national recognition of his unique and edgy portrait painting techniques while selling his works of the ‘Forever Marilyn’ exhibit in Palms Springs, and now prominently featured in luxury galleries and hotels such as the Hyatt Regency.

Adding to the energy of the event is the Rancho Mirage High School ‘Flash Mob’ who will deliver a breakout performance for Saturday festival-­goers; and, fun photo­-ops for attendees presented by the Cathedral City High School Digital Arts and Technology Academy (DATA) and event primary sponsor, Hot Purple Energy; as wells as an assortment of wine, cocktail and food offerings, including a Sunday “Eggs + Champagne in The Garden” brunch menu till noon, and children’s activities.

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