Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The third and final trimester has finally come to an end.
And, it ended with Jeopardy!

Visual Education took their final exam.
Photo by Emilton.

Mural painting.
Photo by Emilton.

It was probably the most overwhelming thing that
I have ever done.
Photo by Emilton.

"Mr. M, do you always have that look on your face?"
Photo by Emilton.

First, they rolled on the primer, white paint with wood glue.
Photo by Emilton.

The following week, the dedicated students helped out after hours.

Drawing on our mural designs.

Martyred President, Samora Moisés Machel.

Judite drawing the first president of the Republic of Mozambique.

We had an overwhelming amount of community volunteers!

The students then drew on their country's first president.

Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane.

This is one of my all-stars, Eugenio.

Everyone was completely absorbed.

The students voted for Judite's concept
which promotes the use of mosquito nets.

This is the money maker.

Thank you to the Presidents Emergency Plan for Aids Relief.

Also, to Peace Corps' VAST Grant Committee.

The day after drawing, we began painting.
Photo by Americo Junior Mente

This is where all the problems began.
Photo by Americo Junior Mente

I knew using both oils and acrylics would be difficult.
Photo by Americo Junior Mente

But controlling 40 students proved to be near impossible.
Photo by Americo Junior Mente

I did my best to keep things under control.
Photo by Americo Junior Mente

At least the day ended with paint on the walls.

The following weekend, I called in the art club for repairs.

Repairs were adamant.

But, we got down to it.

Two weeks later the murals were done.

Eugenio and his perfected painting.

Valdo and his masterpiece.

Samora Moisés Machel in his entirety.

Idyll Massinga.

The diversity of Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane.

"Attack Mosquitos the Return of the Net."

Global HIV/AIDS Awareness.

The trimester has finally ended, nearly without a hitch. The past few weeks have been crammed full of grading finals, analyzing and averaging grades and attendance, painting, and studying. After turning in all of my grades, I went to the capital, Maputo, last weekend to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in a competition against my grad-school pursuing friends, Chase and Laura. After returning, I devoted all of my energy to crime investigation and mural painting since the previous weeks had left me with an unfinished mural and a nearly empty house. With the help of my incredibly dedicated students, Eugenio and Valdo, we somehow managed to complete the arduous task of completing the murals. That leaves me with time to investigate the crime scene while wrapping up school and Peace Corps obligations during my remaining time in Massinga.


Blogger Pamelamaule said...

Hi Patrick,
You will have definately left your mark in Mozambique!! All of your students, friends and acquaintances will remember you fondly!
I hope when they visit all of your murals, they will tell their friends and family about the uncompromising Mr. M.
Love you, Mom XXOO

5:12 PM  
Blogger judi said...

your work has been amazing, thanks for letting me follow along...have a very safe trip home and we hope to see you in vermont soon...
xoxo judi (ali p's mom) gross

7:51 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing your adventures with us, best of luck to you in whatever you do next.

9:13 AM  

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