Street art becomes school art

On Monday 19th June, we got a message from our niece Naomi to say that local artist Darren Hutchens had just spent the day painting a mural with her art class at school. How cool is that!? We love that street art continues to inspire Perth's student community so we asked Naomi to tell us more about her experience with Darren. Here's what she had to say...

"My art class was lucky enough to be able to participate in the creation of an amazing mural along one of the walls of our school. We've been studying street art in class, looking at different techniques and styles, and I've really enjoyed it; so when I heard we were going to create our own street art I was super excited!

The whole process was so much fun and such a great way to develop new skills using unfamiliar media. I was also surprised by the amount of preparation that had to be done before we started! Once we got going, it was really enjoyable but also challenging. It was quite difficult doing things like trying to find the right colour to match the design and trying to make straight lines with the spray paint, but we managed under the guidance of Darren.

After eight hours, the finished product looked so good and professional - you'd never have guessed that it was our first time using spray paint! I absolutely loved the design and the way each fish looks unique with its own Individual personality. The whole thing was such an incredible opportunity and our class was so fortunate to be a part of it.

It was a fun and challenging project that helped us develop and grow, not only in our artistic ability but also in our teamwork skills."

Photos and story by Naomi Sharp - year 10 student at Swan Christian College