Remember the Best


Which memories do you remember the best? Use Crayola® Markers to create artwork that tells a story in the tradition of Rivera, Ringgold, and Picasso.


1. Visit a local museum, peruse artwork online, or look through art books to view images that tell a story. Explore the artwork of Diego Rivera. Interpret the stories depicted in Faith Ringgold's Neighborhood Quilts. And interpret the hidden images in Pablo Picasso's Guernica.

2. What is your favorite memory of where you live or used to live? It might include friends, family, neighbors, buildings, festivals, or weather.

3. Using Crayola Washable Markers and Multicultural Markers, draw your memory on colored construction paper. Make the edges of your drawing irregular (not straight).

4. Write a description of your memory around the edges of your drawing, using Crayola Washable Fine Tip Markers.

5. Trim the irregular edges of your drawing with Crayola Scissors.

6. Glue several drawings on a posterboard with Crayola Washable Glue Sticks to produce a classroom mural.

7. Describe your work for the group. How is it similar to other artists' work? How is it different?

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • On the first day of school, children draw themselves doing their favorite things.
  • Illustrate ideas about any curriculum topics, such as food groups or endangered species.
  • Display the mural at an open house. Students and their families get to know each other better, and polish their public speaking skills, too.
  • Younger children and special needs students may need assistance with writing descriptions of memories. Provide partners or adult assistance as needed.
  • Teachers may wish to preview artwork to select the most appropriate treatment of subjects for students.

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

Share on Facebook


crayola supplies
  • Fine Line Markers
  • Markers
  • Multicultural Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper™ Crayon Classpack®
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • posterboard



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children learn about mural art by studying the artwork of Diego Rivera, the Neighborhood Quilts of Faith Ringgold, and Pablo Picasso's Guernica. Students notice many images in this artwork, each with its own story.

  • Students draw and write stories about neighborhoods familiar to them.

  • Children compare and contrast their mural pieces and those of other fine artists.


Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards