After some disappointment with their lack of progress last Wednesday, this Tuesday Dorian had a conversation with the students about their roles, responsibilities, and commitment to the mural. The students all agreed to communicate more effectively when they are unable to attend meetings, as well as to remain more focused on workdays. We reviewed the activity from last week where the students designed their own color schemes, finalized the color scheme for the first wall, and began discussing the plans for the design of the second wall that Dorian prepared.
The students then began transferring the first layer of the design to the first wall using a grid technique. This was a good chance for the students to gain an understanding of how to translate a small design onto a large surface and it was really exciting to see the first marks of the final design on the wall.
On Wednesday we began filling in the large shapes with the base colors. Dorian showed the students how to use the rollers to evenly coat the wall, as well as the most efficient way to use the brushes to paint clean edges. The students are getting more chances to make use of their specific skills and strengths and there seems to be a revitalized interest in and commitment to the project.