At the Make-O-Rama, our team, the BB Enterprises team presented our almost complete mural in the upstairs bathroom by Ms. Mathai’s classroom. Officially it is called the Ann Richards restroom because it has a bluebonnet field that represents Ann Richards being the first governor of Texas. Even though we did not have the chance to finish painting the restroom in time for the Make-O-Rama, we will paint famous quotes by Ann Richards on the inside of the stall doors to remind our students of a great role model.
When we finally opened the doors to the restrooms a lot of people were surprised and curious to see what was inside. We had closed the restroom for about a week to make sure that nobody messed with the paint and so we would spark interest in the students as to what was inside the restroom.When it was time for us to present the mural to the students we felt really proud of our work. We were also really happy when students came up to the restroom because we had thought that nobody was going to come up to see our mural since we were separated from the event.
Overall our team did an extraordinary job, since we had changed our project so much. We went from a blanket to an 8th grade module and our final project was a restroom mural. But if we had a chance to this over again we would have liked to actually say and shut down ideas since we didn’t always listen to each other. Also if we had a chance to do the mural again we would have like to believe a lot more on ourselves and gone for it (painting wise). We spent so much time trying to make a perfect stencil and trying to draw it out that it always looked bad and it was really discouraging. Once we actually decided to free hand it (because of time constraints) we really loved it.
If other groups were to start a similar project I would advise them to spend some time planning and being sure of the materials they will need to purchase since they are not cheap. But at the same time to make sure they don’t get discouraged if at first it doesn’t turn out the way they think it should look. And also they should not forget to have fun and believe in themselves. We believed in ourselves towards the end of the project and once we free- handed the mural it looked great. The most challenging part of this mural was the planning and creating rough drafts, but the most fun was when we actually got to get our hands dirty and actually paint.
The reason why we as a team decided to paint bluebonnet mural on the restrooms stalls was because as seniors we wanted to leave a little gift to our younger sisters and to our school. Even though we would be leaving our semester project at Ann Richards, we will take what we have learned with us. We learned to adapt, and learn new skills in a short period of time, and in college this will possibly come in handy.
For years we have complained about the restrooms being not so appealing, but we never did anything about it, until this year. We hope that when we leave, this mural will continue to adorn the restroom; we want to come back and visit and still see the mural there. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to paint the other restrooms but we would like for other students to take on this project next year, or the upcoming years, and finish what we didn’t. All of the restroom facilities in our school building should be as appealing as the restroom we “beautified”. Our group was not familiar with painting, especially not with painting murals, but we did a great job. Anyone could take on this project, and succeed. The students, teachers and administrators would sure enjoy the sight of a restroom filled with colors and inspiration.
When we were once again given a chance to fix or innovate something about the school our group was stumped. We had such a small school there really wasn’t anything to do with it. We came up with creating an oasis sort of thing where it would have a really relaxed atmosphere, it was inspired by yoga and meditating and the fact that this school is really stressful and we wanted to give people a place to unwind. The idea got approved but we had no where to create this relaxed space. Georgia wanted to kick the nurse out of her office because she is never there. We told her no and trashed the idea.
We then thought about how our bathrooms are ugly and have no school spirit.Our original plan was to re-decorate all of the school bathrooms. We even came up with themes for each of the bathrooms ranging from a galaxy themed one to a modern pop culture bathroom. The designs where based upon where the bathrooms were located such as if a bathroom was in the history wing then it would have a theme that would have something to do with history and the science bathroom something to do with science.
Our team thought that we would have enough time to be able to paint all of the bathrooms and redecorate them also but as our deadline approached we soon realized that we had bitten off more than we could chew and that we should focus more on painting one then if time allowed us we would do more bathrooms. Everyone was telling us that we should do an Ann Richards bathroom in the history wing so we did. We decided to make it Texan too by deciding on a mural of blue bonnets and a very southern sunset. There was a lot of trouble finding out what paint would stick to the plastic scratched up black doors. After visiting the Home Depot site and talking to someone we decided on chalk paint. Bear paint was not only too expensive but we would also have had to buy a primer and a top coat . Chalk paint would enable us to do one coat and it would be fine.
One of the hardest parts was figuring how many gallons of paint we would need and the conversion. We went into the bathroom and measured everything. There were a lot of mistakes in our calculations but we managed to figure out the right numbers and figure out the appropriate gallons of pain that we needed. Painting the whole bathroom required a lot of money and gallons of paint so we decided it would be best to only do the outside parts of the doors which were one of the worst looking doors. We set up a day to visit a studio on south congress that would provide us with paint. We bought all the necessary tools and colors to begin. Starting out painting was a little rough because none of us had ever dealt with painting anything before but luckily we had Ms . Jo there to guide us through it all, she gave us tips and helped out with the paint. We believe we deserve a 96 because we really did work hard during class and we even worked on it outside of it during advisory. We had a lot of fun and we appreciate the help from both Ms. Jo and Ms. Meisner.