Monday, August 25, 2014

Watertown Mural 2014: Final Product

The following is a picture of the fully completed Watertown mural.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Watertown Mural 2014: Additional Pictures

The following are some additional pictures of the mural taken by Janet Jameson:


Emily and Julia work on the upper right side of the mural.

Caitlyn and Sedra work on the upper right side of the mural.

Julia second-coats the left side of the mural.

Alan second-coats the left side of the mural.

Abi does final touch-ups on the left side of the mural.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Watertown Mural 2014: Final Day of Work

Today (August 22) was the final day of mural work for the students. Previous days this week were spent doing minor touch-ups (filling in all the remaining white spots, refining edges, etc).

Yesterday (August 21) was a very eventful day for the mural crew: Congresswoman Katherine Clark came to visit the mural and met all of the students. Some of the students even got to have their picture taken with her.

Over this past week, the students organized a checklist detailing the final modifications that needed to be made to the mural.

The checklist seemed very lengthy, but the students were able to accomplish all the tasks they set for themselves over this past week.


The checklist of final details that Gregg and the students made together.

More pictures of the final product (and the final days of work) will be coming soon, as well as details about the mural's dedication, which will be held in September.

  • All pictures shown on the mural blog posts were taken by student artist Marvin Aramthip.
  • All mural blog posts were written by student artist Emily Hart.

We greatly appreciate that so many people took the time to read and learn about our project.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Watertown Mural 2014: Filling in the Colors

As of August 14, the mural crew has filled in most of the remaining colors on the wall. This means that they must apply a second coat - second coats are necessary because the color will not last for very long with a single coat. The first coat often also has small white spots (small indentations in the wall where the brush did not fully apply the color), so the students also need to correct those.


Alan, Gregg, Julia and Aaseia apply second coats.

The crew is utilizing both of the scaffolding on opposite ends of the mural (and a ladder in the middle) to tackle errors.

An example of the white spots that sometimes remain in the first coat.

Removing errors like these is an example of one of the final steps in completing a mural, which means the students' work will soon be done.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Watertown Mural 2014: Things Winding Down

The students' work on the mural continues, but things are beginning to wind down as more and more of the wall becomes complete.

Some of the students who were finishing up the final pieces of the left side of the mural are now working on the smaller details in other areas. However, as of now, the wall is completely covered in paint.


Alan, Julia and Svetlana work on small details in the middle of the mural.

In the above picture, the pink and orange flower (closest to Svetlana) now has a pattern of white dots, which it did not have before.


Total progress as of August 12.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Watertown Mural 2014: Colorful Designs

Even when missing a few members, the mural crew is still going strong.

At the beginning of the day, Gregg always goes over the goals of the day with the students.


Gregg going over plans for which areas to fix and/or complete with the students.

Brianna, Liana and Julia have been working on the paisley design and surrounding areas on the right side of the mural, which is on its way to completion (the left side is mostly done, with the exception of some areas needing minor touch-ups).


Brianna (top), Liana (front), and Julia (back) work on the red paisley design.

Alan is currently working on the colorful designs above the red and yellow flower, which is located roughly in the middle of the mural.


Alan finishing up the pattern.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Watertown Mural 2014: Early August Progress

The students did not work for two of the days last week due to weather. They also worked a shorter day on Thursday, so this week was unfortunately not as productive as others.

However, they did have an eventful Friday: supporters of the mural project Deb Peterson, Ingrid Marchesano and Janet Jameson kindly brought in pizza and snacks for the students. Students also received their first paychecks for their mural work.

The following pictures are from Thursday, July 31 (last week).


Abi (left) and Svetlana (right) set up the scaffolding at the beginning of the day.

Svetlana and Liana work on the top left side of the mural, on the scaffolding.


Abi (top) and Julia (bottom) work on the right side of the mural, near the paisley design.

The entire mural as of July 31.

As of this week, some of the mural crew will be going on vacation. Nevertheless, they still plan on working until the end of the summer.