Well, we did it! Our mural is up in place at the Muriwai Skatepark and it looks superb! A lot of hard work and perseverance from our wonderful local teens: Isla, Ella, Jade, Renee, Ben, Indy, Izzy and Jaydah.
It's certainly been challenging, and the project took 2 terms instead of the predicted 1 term, and these guys all stayed both terms to see the project through. Talking to them about the process afterwards, they all agreed it was a worthwhile experience, they really enjoyed it, they felt stoked with the final result and felt proud of what they have achieved. Some admitted they were starting to 'get over it' (understandable!) and probably couldn't have continued any longer - yes, we were ready to finish. This was a great moment for me to add my pearls of wisdom :) We discussed that not everything we do is easy, sometimes you do tire of projects but the important thing is to hang in there and see the project through to the end without being negative (and then isn't that final feeling of satisfaction worth the effort!?), perseverance, loyalty and tenacity are important values which they all showed. Sermon over.
Personally, I always enjoy this workshop and I loved this project. I painted with the group and we had the best chats while we worked creatively together. I even copped a bit of flack sometimes, that's how comfortable we had become with each other (they named any little mistakes 'Mandys' which is sweet..I think?!). They even baked cookies and cupcakes to bring to class.
Again, this workshop is so great for encouraging this age group to talk and work together, to encourage each other, get creative, take risks, solve problems collaboratively, socialise in a non threatening, positive environment, and..oh yes...learn some art skills.
Thank you to everyone for all the positive feedback and for enjoying our mural so much, to George Jakich for helping us put the mural up and to DULUX for sponsoring us and providing the paint.
The teens and I are working towards creating a mural for the Skate park at Muriwai Beach, Auckland at our Collaborative, Project based art workshop for youth (12+). The creative process leading up to this final goal is more complex than I expected and to be honest, I've lost some sleep over this one!
We began the creative process by looking at the space and deciding on the best size and placement for the mural. We researched street art and murals, shared and discussed them, and collected the works we liked and thought would suit on individual Pinterest boards. So far so good. Then it came to actually designing this thing. Should we work together or individually on the design? One design over 3 boards or 3 designs? And what to design and HOW!!!???
After 3 challenging evenings of drawing up numerous plans, we have decided on a design that we think will suit the space and the users, will be attractive and fun, and will appeal to the community.
We made our 'ídeal colour palette' in pairs out of Dulux paint samples and will make the final selection from our donated paints from Dulux Trade Centre in Westgate. So hard to make the final choice!
And we've painted the plywood boards with primer, again kindly supplied by Dulux.
We discussed last night what a great learning experience this part of the process has been. Great creative and critical thinking, problem solving, modifying, making decisions, justifying, discussing..and some art and design skills and techniques thrown in! We've all felt unsure and a little lost with ideas at times but the group pushed through these feelings and kept persevering, and have now come through with a great outcome for our final design. The light at the end of the tunnel is slightly brighter!! And the home baking helped (thanks Jade and Ella!)