The brief was to create a large backdrop mural for the African themed section in the schools new 'Sensory Garden'.
This garden development had been a passion of a teacher who had sadly recently passed away. He was clearly thought highly off by his peers and much loved by the students and they all wanted to complete this garden as a tribute to his memory.
So no pressure then!
The existing shed side was big and the mural size ended up at 16' long by 4' high. The first task was for the boards to be properly sealed with paint and reverse painted and varnished. There is no point at this stage cutting corners and saving pennies when later down the line it cost pounds.
Sam Stark working with Phil to get the basic layers onto the mural sheeting. Several of the students were very involved in helping create this mural, unfortunately images of them are not allowed to be shown. I can understand part of the reasons for this but I also feel we are missing out on supporting young people take pride in their efforts. Either way I can type "Well done everyone that helped create this mural, it could not have been done without you!".
Hilary Sanderson was delighted with the finished artwork and was there to help paint and clean up the mess too.
All of the staff at the school loved the finished African theme to the garden. Most of all the students gained and the memory of the teacher they loved was enhanced.
An open event released ballons into the evening sky and the whole garden was shown to a host of people, all involved with the school and its success.