Updated June 12, 2001    Français 


Collaborative Mural Painting - Marcio Melo

Riverdale High School, Pierrefonds, Quebec

As part of the Culture in Education Partnership - Artists in Schools Program of the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications, Marcio Melo guided a mural workshop at Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds, Quebec. This program brings artists into the schools to share their artistic activities with young people. This page outlines the project at Riverdale High.

   Collaborative Mural Painting


The finished Mural at Riverdale High School

The Finished Mural at Riverdale


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.


Riverdale High School, Pierrefonds, Quebec


  Marcio Melo (artist)

Marcio Melo (artist)


The theme for this mural was proposed spontaneously. 

"Things That Fly" gave the students many possibilities and ideas to explore. 

As a result, the mural is rich in variety with birds and bees and myths, legends and superheroes. 

This group can certainly fly in their imagination.  

As one of the muralists wrote, "No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings".

Marcio Melo, March 2001


  No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings...



The First Day - Drawing Collaboration


Collaborative drawing    Collaborative Drawing


Collaborative Drawing


Collaborative Drawing


Drawing Collaboration Results


Results of the drawing collaboration     Results of the drawing collaboration


Results of the drawing collaboration     Results of the drawing collaboration


Colour Exercise


Colour exercise     Colour exercise



  Colour exercise 


 Colour exercise


 Colour Exercise Results


Results of the colour exercise     Results of the colour exercise


 Results of the colour exercise     Results of the colour exercise


Results of the colour exercise     



    The Second Day - Working on the Mural


The mural is started     Working on the mural


Working on the mural      The muralists hard at work


Painting the Mural     Painting the Mural


Painting the mural     Painting the mural


Painting the mural



 The Third Day - The Finished Mural


 The finished mural

         The Final Mural 


Some of the muralists

Some of the Muralists

Murals Homepage

Mural Workshop Details

Marcio Melo Homepage


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