DEREHAM SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTRE PROJECT

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Rainforest Mural Room Dereham
Rainforest Mural Room Dereham

2012. This is my biggest project so far. I was asked to develop a multitude of themed murals to Fill the walls and halls of a Special Education Development centre in Derham.

Rainforest Mural Room Dereham
Rainforest Mural Room Dereham

The artwork was to cover 22 walls and I had 4 weeks in which to have it done by. One of my favorite parts was this painting in the Rainforest room standing 8ft high by 11ft wide.

Rainforest Mural Room Dereham
Rainforest Mural Room Dereham

This Amazone Waterfall part was in the entrance to the rainforest room and proved to be a little difficult to paint due to the room acess, hence why I could only get a picture of it from the side

Rainforest Mural Room Dereham
Rainforest Mural Room Dereham

To help the main mural blend with the room, I made it look like the folage was 3D against the side wall.

Rainforest Mural Room Dereham
Rainforest Mural Room Dereham
Rainforest Mural Room Deerham
Rainforest Mural Room Deerham

Finally, all the little birds and characters were added.

Dereham Education Centre entrance
Dereham Education Centre entrance

This room had all 4 walls painted but I like this view best

Rapunzel Special Education Centre
Rapunzel Special Education Centre

The next theme, which runs throughout the building, was to be based around the crumbling stones of a castle. Amongst the ruins would be holes through which a fairytale scene would be painted.

Dereham Special Education Reception
Dereham Special Education Reception

There were a lot of objects and obsticles to paint around and tring to get them to look like they belonged was a bit of a challenge, the clock worked well but not so much the fire extinguisher...

Jack & the bean stalk Mural Dereham
Jack & the bean stalk Mural Dereham

I thought this idea worked well as the bean stalk started off in a difrentpart of the room but then draws your eye around to the scene of the giants castle.

How Much Do I Love You Mural
How Much Do I Love You Mural

Some of the images were painted low down for very young children, I picked more storybook images for these murals.

Special Education Centre corridor
Special Education Centre corridor

This image is just one of a far away kingdom so that the idea of the stone castle walls work with the images around. The wall sconse, with the flames, again just adds a bit of atmosphere and 3D.

Three little pigs Mural Dereham hall
Three little pigs Mural Dereham hall
Dereham Gruffalo & Mouse mural
Dereham Gruffalo & Mouse mural

One of the most popular book characters is the gruffalo so I just had to do a painting of him and the mouse featureed here.

Dereham Special Education corridor
Dereham Special Education corridor

This picture hopefully gives you an idea of the distance of the corridoor to reception.

Dereham Special Education Centre
Dereham Special Education Centre

Another example of the 3D effect for an archway leading into fields, this idea was to give the impression that the corridor was wider than it was.

Dereham Special Education Play Area
Dereham Special Education Play Area

The corridor leads down to a special play pen play area, this area was designated for toddlers. The design for this was to have plenty of smiling/happy animal faces and lots of green colour.

Dereham Special Education play pen
Dereham Special Education play pen

The animals were painted to be at a toddlers height.

Dereham Special Education centre
Dereham Special Education centre
Dereham Thought Tree Mural area
Dereham Thought Tree Mural area

Then lastly in the corridoor was the far wall with a colourfull sunset, butterflies and a Thought tree, where parents could stick post it notes with their thought on as a kind of feedback option.

Dereham Special needs play room
Dereham Special needs play room

This room was designd with special children requirements and early learning needs. The use of coloured shapes and numbers helps with thought analysis and recognition techniques.

Dereham Under the sea Mural
Dereham Under the sea Mural

Pure fantasy to enable children to emerse themselvs in.

Dereham Land before time Mural
Dereham Land before time Mural

Again, pure fantasy with a little action, to emerse young minds in.

Dereham Special Education Peacock
Dereham Special Education Peacock

The peacock was just an idea to encompass all 26 letters of the alphabet in his tail feathers rather than just spreasing the letters about the wall and not looking like they belonged to the mural.