Newport School - Creative Workshops & 30-foot Mural
I was commissioned by Newport Primary School in Leyton, east London, to create a 30-foot x 9-foot mural in their playground. I worked with the school's Year 4 pupils (aged 8) who helped me design the mural through a series of creative workshops which I led over two days. We shared ideas about how best to represent the school’s core values of respect, aspiration, care, integrity, creativity and being community-minded. Each class completed a workshop, where I challenged the children to think about these values and what they mean through the use of colours, shapes and patterns.
We also used the location of their school as inspiration for the mural, searching for different shapes and patterns we could see around us. From the repeated rectangles of their classroom windows to the stripey shadows of their playground fencing, we searched for shapes big and small, high and low. Returning to the classroom, we used these as drawing inspiration and also documented them through big chalk drawings on their playground floor. The children's workshop creations helped me develop the final design for the mural, which then took me eight days to paint.
Encouraging the arts and creativity in young people is so incredibly important and it was amazing to share the development and design process with the children at Newport School. I'm so happy to have been able to open up a new way of seeing and creating for these young, curious minds.
'Hackney artist teams up with primary school pupils to create a playground design with an important community message' - The Hackney Gazette newspaper