I loved working on this project. Children bring such lively creative elements to any project.
Interestingly this is the first mural project I have painted solo. All the others you will see on my community arts page were made with students in my college enterprise groups.
These four murals were commissioned by a council run, inner city, children's home. Each painting is 122cm x 122cm and painted on plywood.
I work on boards for many reasons, as with this client it means the murals can be moved if necessary. It also means that I can paint them at my studio. This means no health and safety issue for the client or it's service users. Obviously painting direct onto walls has its own set of problems, this way we avoid any structural issues or unstable surfaces.
I worked with the kids creating ideas and artworks during 2 workshops at the home. I used manipulated portraits of children and staff and composed images using the kids abstracted drawings and paintings.
I'm really pleased with the results and most importantly so are the kids at the home. They really liven up the play area.
A testimonial from the client. ‘This has been a really enjoyable and fun project for the kids to be involved in. As always, Billie has an intuitive understanding of how to work with disabled young people. The end results look fabulous in our new garden. Thank you Billie!’
If you know of a group or community setting that might like a mural, please get in touch.
I'd love to hear from you.
This week I decided to search out some community murals made some 10 years ago. Were they still up? Paint peeling? Colours any good?
Whilst teaching for a city college, I worked with a wonderful group of adults with quite profound needs to build an enterprise called BugArts.
For this project we worked with a Surestart Children Centre and designed and painted two murals using the children's drawings. I remember my students being so proud and pleased with their work and Surestart put a lovely party on for the unveiling.
I was so pleased to find the Murals were still up and intact after such a long time. The colours were still good and with a bit of a clean they would look as good as the day they were painted.
I'll be adding more community murals to my portfolio as I work through my archive.