What a week! We accomplished a lot with each class. This week went pretty smooth and we were able to interact with every class but 2. The younger students (1st to 5th graders) are so eager that we have to be very democratic about selecting students because we do not have enough staff to correctly guide all the students. Some students painted themselves with paint, yet the important thing is that they are having a good time. Each student has to paint wash their brush and cover their paint and be responsible. I think this teaches the students responsibility and team work. I have had several students arrive early and help paint outside their school schedule. I am so proud of their efforts and know we will not be able to finish on time without their help. Many expressed the value of painting and that it is relaxing, creative, fun and freeing.
We are planning for the Inauguration to be held December 11. The school will provide a celebration day for the students and we will reveal and dedicate the mural. I am so excited.
Take the time to document feedback and daily accomplishments: I am acting as the project coordinator, lead artist, art teacher, etc and it is quite a challenge to manage each role. While I have made sure to document the students’ experiences, I have confirmed the importance of taking time to document feedback and comments from participants. The students feel important and painting gives them purpose and allows them to focus. How would I have learned that if I did not document their responses. Additionally, I can receive constructive feedback to help improve the process.
Check out the daily photos below.