World of Mural Painting

Greetings from the World of Mural Painting

Discover wonderful old murals painted for post offices during the Depression. How did the artists use math to create them?

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Mural Math

Calculate how much paint you would need to create murals in different sizes. Click here for a guide.

Making Murals: Mike Burrell, whose work is featured in the video and interactive, describes how he uses math in his work.

See more murals by Mike Burrell.

During the Great Depression, the government put artists to work creating murals that celebrated the spirit of the American people. Find out more at

Teachers: The World of Mural Painting video and online activity explore the mathematics of two-dimensional scaling. More information and a suggested lesson plan are available at the Teacherís Diner.