Graffiti artists helps with school spruce-up
A local school is a much brighter place these days, after a group of sixth form students at Mark College discovered hidden artistic talents.
Working towards the Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness (SEPE) qualification with professional artists graffiti artist Cleo Heard – better known as Miss *C – and Michael Wright from Superact, an international not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to enhance the well-being and environment of communities through creative projects, the students created a permanent artwork for the school grounds. Using the whole side wall of the Art Room as their canvas, the group devised a mural reflecting their personal identities and their experience of Mark College. Using the stencil projection technique made popular by urban artists such as Banksy, as well as some freehand spray painting, the finished work now provides an eye-catching backdrop to the school’s playground area.
“We’re so delighted that all the hard work by the students has had such a positive end-product”, said Miss *C. “Michael and I will really miss the group – they are brilliant people to work with”.
All the students at Mark College experience barriers to learning and are there to take advantage of the specialist and supportive environment. “We hope this project will be the first of many. It’s such a thrill to see how the young people have responded to the challenge of working as a team to create something so special” commented Principal Michelle Whitham Jones.
Superact can be contacted via their website http://www.superact .org.uk. Mark College is a specialist secondary school for boys and girls aged 10 to 19 with specific learning difficulties (SpLD) associated with dyslexia and language disorder.
All students at Mark College have dyslexia, dyspraxia or another language disorder such as Asperger’s Syndrome. Many students have struggled in mainstream schools and benefit hugely from being in an environment with other SpLD students where the level of support and teaching methods are specifically designed to overcome the challenges that dyslexic students face.
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