Distance learning has reminded kids and teachers that school is more than a building. Schools give kids a community.  It’s a place where they belong, and where they matter. So remind your students and the community at large how important your school is. A school mural is a fantastic way to do just that! Need some inspiration? Then check out this roundup for some incredible ideas.

1. Take a reading journey

Mural showing signpost to different fiction lands

Wouldn’t this be perfect in the hall outside the school library?

Source: @sweetartmurals

2. Journey to space

Journey to space mural

Every trip to your locker is a voyage to the final frontier!

Source: @Itmurals

3. Be kind

Be kind painted mural

This one is simple, bold … and oh-so-true.

Source: @crazyartmama

4. Honor great leaders

Honor great Black leaders

Give them role models to inspire and motivate.

Source: @elizzacrylics

5. Go green

School mural featuring nature and butterflies

If you can’t be outside, then bring the outdoors in!

Source: @gayle_mangan_kassal_art

6. Embrace diversity

School mural with rainbow and diversity quote

This is a message that every school should emphasize.

Source: @joepimentalart

7. Be the nice kid

Be the nice kid mural and quote

A message like this promotes an anti-bullying community, so it’s perfect in any school.

Source: @katrinfaceart

8. Leave your mark

Students adding their fingerprints to a school mural

How sweet is this? Every student and teacher added their fingerprint to this school mural.

Source: @carla.letters

9. Spark creativity

Spark creativity

This Einstein quote is a terrific reminder that creativity is key.

Source: @teachingandteaspills

10. Make an outside space cozy

Outside reading nook with school mural

We love reading nooks, so creating one outdoors? Genius!

Source: @cam_plapp

11. Spread your wings

Spread your wings

This school mural is fantastic on its own. Plus, it also makes an incredible photo op!

Source: @paintslikeagirl

12. Imagine the future

Imagine the future school mural with kids looking at their graduation shadows

Education is a journey, and the years will go faster than they think.

Source: @themuralman

13. Be the “I” in kind

Be the I in kind

Encourage kindness wherever and whenever you can.

Source: @hayleymischieflordart

14. Find magic in a book

Find magic in a book

We love how these murals make use of otherwise empty wall space. And they’re simply adorable!

Source: @tbradleymurals

15. We are the world

We are the world

If you’re not able to paint a wall, then create a school mural on a bulletin board instead!

Source: @paintslikeagirl

16. Fill their day with music

Fill their day with music

Make their hearts sing!

Source: @graffiti.signs

17. Tell them how special they are

Tell them how special they are

They need to hear it, so tell them so every single day.

Source: @paintslingers

18. Let the kids design it

Let the kids design it

Kids will get a kick out of seeing their ideas come to life!

Source: @brenbataclan

19. Brighten the room

Brighten the room

Art teachers make the best murals!

Source: @mrskoslowsartroom

20. Change your mindset

Change your mindset

Lots of schools have embraced the Growth Mindset philosophy. Doesn’t it make a beautiful mural?

Source: @heavens_country_door

21. Decorate any space

Decorate any space

Murals aren’t limited to walls. For instance, check out these awesome book spines on the columns!

Source: @tbradleymurals

22. Don’t forget the stairs

Don't forget the stairs

Stairs work too!

Source: @kidmuralsbydana

23. Aspire to greatness

Aspire to greatness

Kids can’t help but be inspired to learn more about these incredible people.

Source: @tbradleymurals

24. Feature your core values

Feature your core values school mural

Simple, meaningful, and something to remember every day.

Source: @_twobrushes_

25. Paint a timeline

Paint a timeline

If they see the events and dates every day, they’ll learn history in no time!

Source: @sweetartmurals

26. Enter a world of books

Enter a world of books

Reading really does open doors.

Source: @katieoart

27. Have them contribute

Have them contribute

We love a school mural that gets kids involved. It gives them such a sense of ownership and pride!

Source: @rodrigues.art.classes

28. Treat kids like kings and queens

Treat kids like kings and queens

Now that’s just seriously impressive.

Source: @thepaintsmith.co.uk

29. Make it interactive

Make it interactive

This is such a clever idea! It uses an existing bulletin board, plus you can add different pics each year.

Source: @wallnutart

30. Make sure they know they matter

Make sure they know they matter

You never want them to doubt it.

Source: @snowhill_art

31. Create a colorful shelf

Create a colorful shelf

There’s something so clean and appealing about this design.

Source: @aurora.noa

32. Show your teachers some love

Show your teachers some love

Teachers need encouragement too, so why not add a mural to the teachers’ lounge?

Source: @tbradleymurals

33. Travel the solar system

Travel the solar system

We are all space dust.

Source: @sweetartmurals

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