I woke up at the continuous beeping of my alarm. I woke up 5:30 am on a holiday, which is pretty much unheard of to most teenagers who wake up around 10 in the morning. After eating breakfast I immediately took a few rides to go in ministop katipunan near LRT to meet up with my NSTP formator and other students to go Batino Elementary School for a Brigada Eskwela. We were divided in to only 2 groups: cleaning, mural painting, and gardening.Originally it would have been wall painting, the activity I signed up for but since the walls have been already painted few days earlier we settles into mural painting. What we had to do for the mural painting was to think of a concept about Filipino values and put it on the wall.
I woke up at the continuous beeping of my alarm. I woke up 5:30 am on a holiday, which is pretty much unheard of to most teenagers who wake up around 10 in the morning. After eating breakfast I immediately took a few rides to go in ministop katipunan near LRT to meet up with my NSTP formator and other students to go Batino Elementary School for a Brigada Eskwela. We were divided in to only 2 groups: cleaning, mural painting, and gardening. Originally it would have been wall painting, the activity I signed up for but since the walls have been already painted few days earlier we settles into mural painting. What we had to do for the mural painting was to think of a concept about Filipino values and put it on the wall.
Main Building of Batino Elementary School
One thing that stood out the most for me was the Ford Everest that was parked on the school’s gym since I had this notion that most students that attend the school can barely afford to buy a brand new car. My friend from my NSTP class explained to me that not all students who go to a public school is poor, sometimes there are those who can afford to send their children to a private school but opted to send them to a public school for a cheaper tuition fee. I asked him if those kids have trouble fitting in and he said they don’t since they apparently can adapt to the environment. One of the NSTP formators then, began to orient us to what we were going to do and introduced us to the vice principal of the school whom warmly welcomed us, told us a brief background of the school and gave a mini tour.
Sketch for the mural
Since there was 8 walls to paint the group that was assigned for mural painting was divided in to 2 the first group painted the walls of the building that was beside the main one and our group painted the SPED building. One of my NSTP classmates who made the sketch for the mural began drawing on the wall while the rest of us began to get paint from the second group. We fell in to a bit conversation while waiting for our classmate to finish drawing since we were kind of afraid to ruin the sketch because none of us were good at drawing. After an hour of chitchat she finally put the chalk down and asked us to outline the drawing. We find that outline is just as hard as the drawing part because we had to follow what was drawn on the wall exactly as it is and it took us an hour just to outline and half an hour for it to dry before putting colors in the black and beige wall.
After an hour and a half break we immediately began to paint the outline getting brushes of all sizes dipping it to different colors and combining colors available just to get the desired color and hue. One of the challenges we encountered was how to stand the smell of the paint since it does not smell that nice and it was actually kind of suffocating but you get used to it. Another challenge we encountered was the heat since summer season is rapidly approaching we were working at around at ten to twelve o’clock the heat was at its peak and everyone was beginning to get sweaty. We were lucky that our area was shaded so we were not at the receiving end of the sun, unlike the other group and the ones who were gardening. Finally after 4 hours of outlining, painting and re-outlining since the first one became covered with different colors we were done.
At first I thought that since it was just mural painting it was easy but having a time limit and working under the sun I found that it was really hard and out of the eight walls that we had to paint we only finished 3 because
of again the time limit and the heat and then our formator assumed that we only have to do one big wall we initially had just one sketch which was what I participated we also had to think about another concept to sketch and paint which was the values found inside the canteen and unity among Filipinos with different skin colors. The funny thing about the murals was that you could see that it drawn by different groups. Although it was tiring to paint for several hours, I actually enjoyed doing this and forgot that it was actually a requirement.
The Finished Product 🙂
Anna Grafilo – SA 21-Y
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1. I actually found it really fun in participating in the mural painting because I have zero artistic talent if I just did and observation I may say that the people working in that task were really good artists but it was really a no brainer and you just have to be really creative in the drawing part and you do not need to be really good at drawing.
2. My key informant was our NSTP formator so before the activity itself we have already been briefed on what we were going to do and she also provided some equipments like paint brushes or paint or brooms
3. I think the difference is more on the experience that you would have because if you just do a questionnaire then you would not know what they actually feel while doing the activity and then there is minimal interactions between you and the other people.
4. If I would use the questionnaire it would be for the faculty, staff and students of the school itself just to know what they need and what problems regarding the school do they encounter.