Urban artwork transforms College walls

Canning Vale College students Rheanna Good, Ben Tropiano, Breanna Roepen and Jenny Jang (front) work on the new school mural. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d403509
Canning Vale College students Rheanna Good, Ben Tropiano, Breanna Roepen and Jenny Jang (front) work on the new school mural. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d403509

It took more than $700 worth of paint, 34 students and 48 hours to transform the school’s art building.

The project was designed for creative students in years 8 to 10 with a passion for urban artwork.

Artist Dan Duggan held brainstorming and skill-building workshops with students in the lead-up to the 24-hour painting marathon. Spray cans and paint pens were given to the budding artists after lessons in technical awareness, painting techniques, safety and protection.

Each designed a stencil depicting a fantasy character to incorporate into the 15-metre mural.

Canning Vale’s visual art teacher Sarah Eve said she wanted to educate students about the difference between street graffiti and urban artwork.

‘It was fantastic watching all of the students work together and I think they have learnt a lot about themselves,’ she said.

‘We wanted our students to learn more about the concept of graffiti artwork and to see what they were really capable of.’

Ms Eve said Canning Vale’s art educators were looking to collaborate with local primary schools to bring students together and strengthen the arts curriculum. The project was self-funded by the college.