Thursday, July 31, 2008

Final post coming soon..

We just got back and i'm stitching together the finished mural picts and sorting throught the picts from the last day....

stay tuned.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

day 9&10

Lots of progress has been made over the last 2 days and nothing has been able to stop us. Not even a torrential down pour that left the part of town we are painting in under water and all of our stencils soggy could stop us. The days have been hot and sweaty, but the students desire to finish the mural has been amazing and it shows in the result so far. here are some pictures from the past few days...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Day 9

Another great day. We Spent most of the day at the wall and made tons of progress! The People of La Romana have been taking an interest in our Mural and have been hanging out to see what we are up to. Some students have even been interacting with the children that have been playing on the street in front of the mural. Kalene came down to the wall in the afternoon and got some great pictures of people from around town.

Day 8

Monday was the first day working in town and everyone was very excited!. After some last minute prep in the studio we went down to the wall to start roughing in our mural with oil sticks. We used big stencils which were created in class to maintain consistency and freehanded a few things as well. After our daily faculty lunch on the patio I went to the airport to pick up Kalene and the students worked for the rest of the afternoon putting down their base paint for their main mural objects.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Day 6&7

Here ar e some Pictures from the weekend. I went to Santo Domingo to hang out with Ian and we had a great time wandering arround the colonial Zone and even saw some great street art! But I left arround 9pm and took a long trip back, by bus into La Romana and then by Motorcycle taxi up to Chavon and then in a security pickup to my front door. Sunday we went to the Beach at Bayahibe, it was an amazing Beach! and a great weekend.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Day 5

Today we went to Cuevas de las Maravillas and saw the Taino cave paintings. The caves were once a palce for Taino burial and the wall paintings reflected that. If you are ever in La Romana they are definitely worth checking out. The rest of the day was spent talking about our presentation the night before and checking out the wall we are going to paint. next week is going to be very different than this week. but everyone is very excited to start woring on the Mural.

here are some pictures from today:

This is actually just a wall...

After much confusion, we were informed that the wall we thought was "the wall" is actually not our wall and our wall was one street over....

Here is "The Wall" we will be painting, we decided today that no wall will actually be "Our Wall" until after we have painted it.

So here is a wall. At the end of next week when we are done painting it will be "Our Wall" and then when we leave It will also belong to the people of La Hermano.

Day 4

Thursday was a very intese day. We skipped going to the caves and decided to work in the studio and labs all day because we had a presentation in front of the entire school at 7pm. Everyone worked very hard and came up with objects and elements for our Mural and then in the afternoon we went into the lab to piece them together.

The presentation was a little nerve wracking (it was my first time ever speaking with a translator) but it went very well, and the school really loved out mural ideas. Some of the ideas sparked debate amongst the students and teachers which is what public art should do so I was pleased with my students.
After the presentation we watched a preview copy of Beautiful Losers, An amazing film about an amazing group of artists. here are some pictures from the day.