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Deck-a-Wall Week Part 3 (Accelerate!)

Posted in Art, Belleville, Events, Friends, School, Stuff with tags , , , , , , on May 11, 2010 by Jeremy


Today is the first day everyone was allowed to put stuff up on the walls.  It’s a normal technique for some classes to put practically nothing up on the first day.  Perhaps a few tablecloths to serve as background and maybe a bunch of clouds made out of cotton and bushes made of construction paper.

By the time the seniors left the hall today at 6:00 pm, two hours after Deck-a-Wall officially started, those were exactly what we had.  Minus the clouds.  And the bushes.  You can probably cut the number of tablecloths in half too.

You see, when we left that hall today, all we had up were three black tablecloths on the wall, covering only about half of the hallway that was designated to the seniors.  It didn’t look promising.  It was mostly my fault.  Poor planning and organization.  Janelle and Dorcas were demanding a layout from me, but I had none to present.  All I had were floating ideas that were or weren’t going to happen.  All hopes of winning began to seep away.  Perhaps the formidable sophomores were going to win after all.

I tried not to let myself succumb to despair though.  That night, at Dorcas’ house, to which we all migrated from my house, I tried to think of something remarkable that we can put on the wall, after Janelle told me how everything seemed so boring.  I don’t know.  Something like that because three years ago, the senior class had a papier-mâché snake from Aladdin.

My AHA! moment came when I thought of creating a life-sized character.   When we did cereal, Dorcas asked me to make a life-sized Tony the Tiger, which failed because I wasn’t very adept with drawing in big scale.  I tried to take a stab at it this time, and what better character to draw than the Queen of Hearts herself.

Basically, the night was spent finalizing everything, getting everything we wanted to go up ready.  I still had no layout, just ideas that I hoped would translate perfectly when we try to carry it out tomorrow.  Hope, hope, hope.

We only have one day left, and we need to accelerate.


Deck-a-Wall Week Part 2

Posted in Art, Belleville, Events, Friends, Home, School, Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2010 by Jeremy


With Anthony’s help, I was able to get some people to come to my house today after school to get started on some illustrations.  Four steps: drawing, tracing, painting, retracing.

Today, I drew Tweedledee, Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter, and the King of Hearts, while our friend Rhianna took care of the March Hare and the Dormouse.  Michael and Aissa worked on six of the singing flowers from the garden scene.  Joe Salem helped a lot with the tracing, and he did pretty well.  We had a few others help out with some other stuff, but the ones mentioned were the core for the artwork today.

That’s what happened after school until early evening.  When night fell, things started to look bad again.  I was hoping people would stay really late (until about midnight) and help us complete the characters, but many had to go home early.  By twelve, only Anthony was left, and we tried painting the twins.  Later on, desperately in need of help, we went to Dunkin Donuts to pick up Dorcas, who has dubbed herself the Queen of Deck-a-Wall for the tremendous work and effort she put into it two years ago.  When she saw Tweedledee and Tweedledum, she told us how much our painting sucked.

“How can we expect to get anything done if only two people are willing to work on it endlessly?” I thought to myself.  Hope began to diminish.