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Latest Workshops

Moseley Secondary School

 Laura Rainbow at Moseley School asked us to come in and run a morning workshop with 12 students of vary...

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Graffiti Workshops without spray paint!

You don't have to use spray paint to get people involved with street art. It's easy to design and decora...

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Not just tagging

We're always trying to come up with new and exciting things to engage young people and decorating shoes,...

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Moorgate Primary School

The Head at Moorgate Primary School contacted us to brighten up a dull bike shed and promote the idea of...

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Two Rivers High School, Tamworth

We had a call earlier in the year from Jane Buckingham, the Head of Art at Two Rivers School in Tamworth...

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Perry Barr skate park, Birmingham

Here's some flicks from one of the half-term projects we called in to help facilitate. The team at 610 Y...

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Worcester Graffiti mural

The crew at GraffitiArtist.com were asked to help students at Tudor Grange Academy in Worcester to creat...

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Jardine Crescent Youth Centre

Here's an example of a workshop and how quickly a great piece of urban art can be produced. GraffitiArti...

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What's Your Point? Mural Project

The team was approached by Pauline Marshall at What's Your Point?, a youth inclusion group in Redditch, ...

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Workshops

Jardine Crescent Youth Centre

2nd Sep 2009

Here's an example of a workshop and how quickly a great piece of urban art can be produced. GraffitiArtist.com was asked by Steve Boyle at Jardine Crescent Youth Centre to run workshops for local young people aged 12-16 to design and paint a boxing themed graffiti mural. Tile Hill is lucky enough to have a great boxing history, with several renowned names still living near by. Mohammed Ali, when he was still called Cassius Clay, opened his friend Mick Leahy's chip shop down the road from the centre! Anyway, we ran a couple of sessions at Jardine Youth centre to underline the positive points of graffiti and to get the young people to take part in painting mini canvases to gain confidence in their art skills and get to know them. Along with this we discussed ideas for the mural and worked up a scale design to show local residents. A few weeks later, after we had ironed out the final design, we were back to start painting. Me and the other two artists marked out the design onto the wall in the morning before the start of the session. When the young people arrived they were all kitted out with overalls, masks and gloves and given a Health and Safety chat before starting. Many of them didn't think they could paint using aerosol but with the right guidance it's easy to conquer their fears, have a go and gain confidence. Under our supervision everyone had a whale of a time, having fun and working together to create the mural over two days. After that we finished off the high bits, installed the mocked  up posters and sharpened the edges and hey presto! All finished within the given time scale of 3 days. Everyone agreed that the finished piece looked great, and realised that it was a team effort to reach the goal. The young people learnt how to work to a brief, use a space to its maximum potential and create a piece of art for the whole community to appreciate. When the press came to photograph the finished mural Steve had invited one of the boxers that features on the wall to come down and have a look, along with some members of the other boxers families. It got quite emotional at one point, which shows just how much this piece of work means to the community. The feedback has been fantastic from the locals and theres a boxing club planned in the shadow of the painting as well. Not bad for a few days spraying!

About 3 hours later and we'd finished the youth centre side of the wall, and it rocked!
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