Last month I wrote about a new project- a mural in my kids’ elementary school. I’m happy to announce that it is finished!

The scheduling allowed for working on it once a week, and I really looked forward to those days of painting. The room was just off the library, so throughout the day classes would come in to check out books. It was a pleasure to answer questions from the kids who appeared in my doorway. My two favorite reactions by far were “Wow!”(from a 6th grader) and “Is that Frankenstein?” (a kindergartner while looking at Einstein). Only kids and old people will give you unfiltered reactions.

The school staff picked Martin Luther King, Jr., Audrey Hepburn, Einstein, Anne Frank, Jane Goodall, and Bruce Lee as the people whose words inspired them:

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character –that is the goal of true education.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” -Audrey Hepburn “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” -Albert Einstein
 “The final forming of  a person’s character lies in their own hands.”  -Anne Frank “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -Jane Goodall “A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student mustfind for himself.” -Bruce Lee 

All the staff, especially the principal and librarian, were so supportive. Thank you for all your help! Here is the final mural. I hope you like it.

A quick show of how the mural progressed. The final stages of painting were to add the quotes underneath the portraits.
mural of portraits and inspiring quotes
The final mural with all the portraits and quotes done.
Here is the larger view of the room where the mural was painted.


Marla Bender

My Mural is Complete!

One thought on “My Mural is Complete!

  • March 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    How inspiring!!


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