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These 35 School Mural Ideas Will Make You Want to Grab a Paintbrush

Every blank wall is a canvas waiting to be filled.

School Mural Ideas

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. School murals are a fantastic way to do just that! Need some inspiration? Then check out this roundup for some incredible ideas.

1. Learn something new today

This colorful school mural is eye-catching and cheery. What a great combination!

2. Journey to space

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

3. Be kind

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

4. Honor great leaders

Give them role models to inspire and motivate.

5. Go green

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

6. Embrace diversity

This is a message that every school should emphasize.

7. Be the nice kid

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

8. Leave your mark

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Today was such a fun and messy day! 🌈 . We got all 200 students from preschool through to high school at the school and their teachers to "leave their mark" on our mural. I got to leave mine too! . They were encouraged to think about what they can do to make a difference and sealed the deal by leaving their fingerprint as a pledge. 🌍 . A really lovely reminder they will see every day. So happy to have been part of making this happen for their school! 💕 . #goodnews #mural #schoolmural #positivemessage #positivemessages #actofkindness #murals #artistsofinstagram #illustrations #illustrators #handlettering #brushlettering #modernlettering #letterer #kindness #spreadkindness #positivity #murals #muralist #artmural #femaleartist #womenwhodraw #femaleartists #schoolmurals

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

9. Spark creativity

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

10. Make an outside space cozy

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

11. Spread your wings

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

12. Imagine the future

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#schoolart #schoolmural #mural #muralart

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

13. Be the “I” in kind

Encourage kindness wherever and whenever you can.

14. Find magic in a book

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

15. We are the world

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

16. Fill their day with music

Make their hearts sing!

17. Tell them how special they are

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

18. Show the learning

Paint a school mural that lets every kind of student see themselves learning and succeeding.

19. Brighten the room

Art teachers make the best murals!

20. Change your mindset

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

21. Decorate any space

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

22. Don’t forget the stairs

Stairs work too!

23. Aspire to greatness

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

24. Feature your core values

Simple, meaningful, and something to remember every day.

25. Paint a timeline

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

26. Enter a world of books

Reading really does open doors.

27. Have them contribute

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

28. Treat kids like kings and queens

Now that’s just seriously impressive.

29. Make it interactive

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

30. Make sure they know they matter

You never want them to doubt it.

31. Create a colorful shelf

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

32. Show your teachers some love

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

33. Travel the solar system

We are all space dust.

34. Take a reading journey

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

35. Let the kids design it

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

If you love art projects that bring people together, then here are 23 more collaborative art ideas to try.

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These 35 School Mural Ideas Will Make You Want to Grab a Paintbrush

Posted by Jill Staake

Jill Staake is a writer living in Tampa, Florida. She's spent most of her life teaching in traditional classrooms and beyond, from 8th grade English to butterfly encounters, and believes learning is a life-long process.

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