Monthly Archives: May 2011

Week 5 Foto Fun

More than forty volunteers came out to help on an unadvertised extra Saturday. It’s called, dedication, passion, excitement. Completing this project feels bittersweet: sweet because of what it represents, the community it facilitated, and the great memories already and yet to be created. Bitter because it is coming to a close … at least phase 1.0 is. Next year, anyone?

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Week 5 Foto Fun, posted with vodpod


Even Future PS 102 Students Contribute


Mural artist Sam Wisneski and instigator/producer Jeremy Del Rio delighted as their sons Malachi (3) and Cyrus (2 1/2) kept things under control in Week 5. Students, future students, alumni, parents, grandparents, neighbors, and otherwise related volunteers have all played an inter-generational role shaping this project. It’s called, “community.”

Final Design: Composite Color Scheme

After the image transfer, flat color paint, dark and light highlights, and detailing are complete this week, here’s basically what the finished product will look like (with “Welcome” translated in 40+ languages, cars, and micro-people populating the neighborhood).

Coming June 4

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Foto Fun Week 4: Painting Continues

More than 115 volunteers helped paint the PS 102 Mural on our fourth Saturday May 21. Special thanks to the Still Strong Auto Club and Phoenix House’s Americorps group for supplementing the PS 102 family of parents, students, and community volunteers. A skeletal crew of volunteers will continue throughout the week and have added a fifth Saturday to our schedule. Volunteer to paint on May 28 online here.

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Phase 2 Color Scheme

Two weeks ago we posted the artist’s sketch and grid scheme that reduced an 875 square foot wall into six inch squares and empowered 70 mostly unskilled volunteers to help transfer the image to the wall. Last week we posted the flat color scheme that empowered 80 volunteers to begin adding color to the wall. Below is the phase two color pallet that empowered 115 volunteers to paint dark and light highlights that add texture, depth, and contrast to the final image. To date, more than 300 hands have contributed to the wall.

Panel 1 (Dark/Light)

Panel 2 (Dark/Light)

Panel 3

Panel 4 (Dark/Light)

Panel 5 (Dark/Light)

Panel 6 (Dark/Light)

Panels 7 & 8 (Dark/Light)

Panel 9 (Dark/Light)

Why is Principal Dovi Painting the Wall?

“Why is Mrs. Dovi painting the wall? Can I paint too?” – curious first grader.

Principal Theresa Dovi showed the rest of us how it’s done on Tuesday, dodging rain drops to help paint the mural after school.

Weather permitting, artist Sam Wisneski and a skeletal crew of 5-10 volunteers will continue to make touch-ups and finish the first coat of flat paint all week before dozens of volunteers execute the detail work on Saturday. The staff and faculty at PS 102 will form the core of volunteers after school. You can join us Saturday, with children as young as 3rd grade by your side. Principal Dovi set the tone by personally leading the way on Tuesday.

To date, more than 190 volunteers including students, parents, staff, faculty, and community residents have all touched the wall the last three weeks. This on top of the 100+ student submissions that shaped the mural content, and the efforts of the PTA Art Committee and the Storefront Art Center to design and facilitate the initiative since December.