Arts for care gives young people living in care a unique opportunity to work with professional artists to transform Hamilton House using arts and poetry. The young people will go on to shape and create a film about their care experience aimed at professionals.
Today I painted the shed and a wall at Hamilton House. We used spay paints. On the wall I spay painted the girl sat on the floor in the nighttime scene. I am enjoying getting messy and dancing around!!!
The project is really coming together, we worked on the teen room and shed today! It worked really well when we split of into groups and worked on different parts of the wall with the artists. I really enjoyed it and I am very pleased with the result!
The 4th session brought the group back together with the Artists, who had returned to the project to pitch the final concepts to the group. They had taken all the brainstormed concepts that were generated at the previous session and were briefed to stay true to the groups ideas. First some of the group re-capped on the ideas the Artists had left with before they began to present the ideas. Below are the designs for the stairwell and the teenager room:
The Artists’ artwork was something special and all the group liked what they saw. Everyone was happy about the final concepts so the next stage was to start to explore colour schemes within the designs. The Artists brought print outs of the artwork and the group set to work.
It was important that the artists knew which colours the group liked for each design so they could order the paint in advance. The group really enjoyed bringing the concepts to life with colour. It was a very successful session and everyone was getting creative and joining in.
There was colour everywhere! Some of the group used pastels and some crayons, others felt tip pens.
The project is starting to get really exciting, the next stage is the actual painting and the group are really looking forward to it.
The pre-prodution work us about things we NEED to consider when creating something from scratch. From the birth we have seen the others quirky personalities, Liams rapping and work (In which he gave us the techniques to make quality rap/poem). As well, the artists help us to discover the awesome world of street art. I looking forward to next stage where we paint!
I find it pretty moving how all our views are accounted for, and how we have the opportunity to meet so many inspiring people (Shout out to Liam aka Kritikal, Kev and Zoe for making this possible!)
Session two of #arts4care exploded into life with an inspirational live performance by KRITIKAL. The artist and Aspire TV founder ran a lyricism session to give the young people the tool to express themselves through words.
The group then got to work on creating a character they called “Rob” who was 15 and was visiting Hamilton House for the first time. They discussed how “Rob” might feel inside and what might be going on in his life. They wrote how “Rob” felt inside a character they had drawn on some flip chart paper. They said “Rob” was feeling confused and anxious and was quite angry and insecure. They said “Rob” was taking time off school and getting into trouble. We talked about this because we wanted to help “Rob” and in real life new visitors to Hamilton house to feel encouraged and understood so that they could stop “Rob” and other young people like him from going down the wrong track, and for those who already had, helping them feel inspired to get back on track. Some of their words may feature in the art they create with the artists they meet tomorrow! Take a look at “Rob” and see what the group created. Below is how “Rob” was feeling inside.