• Mark Curtis

Murals to interpret the National Program of Literature, Portugal

Submission by André Eiras

Organisation: AE2O - Second Chance School Matosinhos


Type: Compensation

Focus: Engagement

Duration: Longer

The National Program of Literature includes several books. Painting murals illustrating this books in an alternative approach to the interpretation of literature that includes an artistic thought when creating images and translating a story. It works as an interdisciplinary approach between several subjects, including arts, promoting an holistic knowledge.

Painting a mural in a public space involves a sense of responsibility that is crucial to the engagement of the youngsters and, at the same time, it creates a connection between the students and the community, through art.


- Select a book form your National Program of Literature;

- Establish a collaboration between teachers from several subjects, so that you can produce an interdisciplinary project that results in a mural painting;

- Divide this project into the several subjects promoting, on one hand, the interpretation of the book and, on the other hand, the creation of illustrations associated with this interpretation. For this, we suggest a geometric style composed by the primary colors. This way, every student can be involved painting the several chapes that makes part of this visual composition without feeling too many challenging barriers;

- The next step involves the connection between all the draws that your students made. Find a balance between them and include the students in the decisions that concern this composition;

- Don't forget to collaborate with the municipal hall to find a public space where you can develop this project. Maybe you can negotiate and find a way to finance your project;

- After finishing the project, go to the wall and don't forget to include all the teachers in this process. The team feeling must go on thill the end;


Illustrating a book involves an interpretation of it. This work is not about reading and memorizing information but also about imagining the little details that are part of the story. It opens a creative window where the student and the story become one, promoting a more holistic approach and a bigger chance for them to connect with the subject.

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