The Woodbridge Park Education Service is a Pupil Referral Service that works with students who have been referred as a result of permanent exclusion from school or for special tuition students who have a Statement of Special Education Needs and for whom there is no alternative provision.
Selected 14 and 15 year old pupils worked enthusiastically with the Positive Arts team over a period of 13 weeks to create professional pieces of graffiti art, whilst exploring social and personal issues through discussion and expressing their feelings on these issues through the artistic skills they learnt. A group mural in the garden and an individual piece was produced by each course participant creating a sense of achievement and pride and enhanced self esteem. On completion of the course great improvements in Behaviour, Attitude and Attendance were seen in 6 (out of 7) young people who took part.
Congratulations to all the Woodbridge Park students who achieved the Arts Award Level 1 in Graffiti Art!
Last week it was the UK’s anti-bullying week and the Diana Award organised events all over the country inviting young people to come and explore the issue of bullying through creative workshops led by top talent/celebrities.
At the London event, Positive Arts joined forces with TV’s Carrie Grant, Twist and Pulse, Matt Lapinskas (Anthony Moon- EastEnders), Craig Roberts (Actor- Submarine, Tracey Beaker, CCBC Young Dracula), Arthur Landon (Writer/Director) and some of the Waterloo Road stars .
Kids had a choice of taking part in graffiti, dance, singing, rap/poetry and much more! A live show featuring some of the best work was a grand finale to the day.
The Diana-Award programme trains young people across the UK to be anti-bullying ambassadors in their schools and communities.
Later that week Positive Arts travelled up to Wigan for another day of workshops, training and fun! The workshops give the children inspiration, practical ideas and top tips to beat bullying.
The standard of work throughout both days was incredibly high with the children putting forward really great creative ideas.
Ultimately, the children go on to be ambassadors who help to prevent bullying and ensure everyone feels safe and happy in their school.
Over the half term we have been working with the Healthy Living Project in Croydon to create a huge public mural on a very neglected wall in King Georges Field, Selhurst, Croydon. The artwork shows the history of the area and a modern interpretation of King Georges Crest. The artwork makes a huge difference and has been greatly received by the locals.
We have just taken part in this years Car Free Day takes for Lambeth Council designed to educate and promote alternative means of transport. The event was held on Landor Road which is an underused walking and cycling route which links Clapham and Stockwell/Brixton. The road features some fabulous small independent businesses as well as a pioneering community gardening project called the Edible Bus Stop.
Car Free Day will saw the road transformed into a vibrant ‘village fete’ with grass and trees, deckchairs and picnic blankets. The Positive Arts team worked with the local kids to transform two old cars in to works of art. We painted the cars in the street and the outcome was amazing.
We have just finished a huge playground wall mural at Strand on the Green Junior School in Kew Bridge. The wall stretched around the whole playground and was about 150 feet in length. We worked with every class in the whole school to create this panoramic artwork based on English wildlife, flora and fauna. The design was split into 3 sections: Land, Water and sky. To get the full idea of the scale please watch the video.
Year 6 wildlife workshop boards to be displayed within the schools corridor’s