We recently had the privilege of holding a graffiti workshop for residents of the Mary Hare School in Newbury. Mary Hare is a school which houses profoundly and severely deaf children and young people..
Staff at the school are always looking for different ways to entertain the kids at weekends, and allow them to try their hand at new and exciting activities in their spare time.
We were approached by activities coordinator, Kirilynn Gardner, who had read about our services and wondered if it might be a suitable activity for some of her teenaged residents.
It’s lovely when staff at projects like this one are open-minded and eager to try new ways of engaging young people. But we especially love it when people not only want to try a graffiti workshop, but also want to create their very own permanent wall mural. Which is exactly what Mary Hare School did…
In this case, Mary Hare School chose a stencil workshop, and our artists helped them develop their design ideas, cut their own stencils, and paint their own space.
It’s hard to believe that our graffiti artists can take people who have never picked up a spray can before, and in a matter of hours, turn a complete beginner into a Banksy! But I’m sure you’ll agree that the work done by pupils at Mary Hare School looks worthy of praise indeed.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with the guys there, and great that they’ve got something to remember the day by that they can keep and be immensely proud of. Hats off to them, they should be proud.
And hats off to open minded schools, youth workers and activities coordinators across the land, who, like the Mary Hare School, are willing to give a graffiti mural workshop a go. Though letting one of our graffiti artists and some kids loose on your walls may seem a bit daunting, no-one has ever regretted it! Quite the opposite in fact…
“I would just like to thank you for a fantastic workshop… It looks fantastic, the young people were amazed at what they could do”
- Kirilynn Gardner, Mary Hare School