Three dedicated Maury student artists were selected to participate in a District wide rain barrel art contest through Be Water Wise DC. Under the supervision of Ms. Bomba and Mr. Rogers, these students developed an environmentally conscious deign for our rain barrel with unique images that convey the importance of water conservation and other pertinent local water issues. From April 27-May 18, all submissions will be on display at the District Department of the Environment located at 1200 First St. NE. Judges will be rating our finished product based on its aesthetic appeal, creativity, and most importantly, the educational value our barrel provides the viewer. The winners will be announced at a culminating Be Water Wise celebration.
Check out our step by step process below!
Step 1: Get inspired!
Step 2: Sketch BIG and sketch lots!
Step 3: Neatly cut your detailed designs into stencils
Step 4: Measure diameter of rain barrel and arrange homemade stencils accordingly
Step 5: Over the weekend, scrub that sucker on your back porch in the sun with water and denatured alcohol
Step 6: Invite a friend over to pass the time as you prime, let dry, then spray paint the rain barrel!
Step 7: Add a few coats of paint and make it shine!
Step 8: Bring rain barrel back to school and apply stencils with lots of painters tape
Step 9: Practice spraying your top coat and peeling away the stencils to be sure the negative of the image below is crisp and clear
Step 10: Head outside to spray paint every inch of the rain barrel black
Step 11: Peel away stencils–quick like a band-aid
Step 12: Cross your fingers and thank your fabulous team for producing an educational and eye catching product from start to finish!