Avondale School residency

Posted Sep 11, 2017

I was invited to paint a mural at Avondale Primary School in west London. The school, and surrounding neighbourhood were affected by the Grenfell tower fire disaster. Some of young students from the school, along with their parents, perished in the fire.

We decided it would be a nice way to start the school year with some of the young students painting a mural for themselves in their playground.

On the first day of my residency I showed the children simple drawing techniques and ideas and encouraged them to draw as much as possible.

I took the students drawings after the first day and painted selected parts of the drawings on the wall in black outlines.

 

On the second day, split into small groups, the students coloured in their creations with acrylic paint.

The final result was a mural filled with the things they associated with school, friends and being together.

Thanks to everyone involved, it was a real pleasure and humbling honour to work with the children for a couple of days.

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