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Graffiti wall Nailsea

Students from a pupil referral unit in Nailsea created graffiti for a mural to help them experience success and develop social skills.

9th June 2009

Graffiti at Nailsley pupil referral unit

Young people from the Middle Years Nailsea Pupil Referral Unit got creative with grafitti on Tuesday 9th June 2009 and were taught by gifted artists how to design and paint their own artistic mural.

The referral unit, based on the site of Kingshill Primary and Ravenswood School, provides a range of opportunities to students disaffected from mainstream education. These allow the students to experience success both academically and socially, enabling them to become confident individuals and successful learners, thus enabling the majority to be re-included into mainstream education.

Fifteen students from the unit attended a graffiti taster session with Zap Graffiti Arts, one of the UK’s leading graffiti art specialists.

The young people learnt the basic artistic skills from experienced professional graffiti artists, and designed and painted their own taster mural. These were then developed during the day into a larger scale permanent mural, taking pride of place on the outside of their building.

The workshop experience will be included in a portfolio of work which will be assessed; hopes are high that they will receive a Bronze Arts Award, an accreditation recognised at Level 1 on the National Qualifications Framework.

The workshop covered issues including vandalism and the legal implications of inappropriate behaviour, but the main focus was on the positive outcomes of a highly popular art form.

Zap Graffiti Arts works across the UK and often overseas promoting graffiti as a positive art form engaging people from all walks of life with tailored workshops, mural projects, training programmes and events.