Teen views in spray paint

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KELVIN TEIX­EIRA

With the help of Porirua teach­ers, a group of Kapiti teenagers have been learn­ing to paint with spray cans on can­vas and di­rect their cre­ativ­ity as an art form rather than tags on walls.

Not that all of the 14 youths on the Graf­fing the Fu­ture pro­gramme were tag­gers – some had never held a spray can be­fore.

Run by Ja­cob Burns and Nick MacDon­ald, of Porirua-based ur­ban art busi­ness GM ‘‘ Graf­fiti Mod­i­fied’’ De­sign, the work­shops were held two nights each week for seven weeks, with a grad­u­a­tion last Thurs­day at the Otaki Memo­rial Hall.

Mr Burns said the pro­gramme was about teach­ing ur­ban art to young peo­ple in a pos­i­tive, con­struc­tive way, in a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘They learn about con­cepts, colours and lay­outs, and that it in­volves hours of time and ef­fort.’’

He said the teens could then ex­press them­selves through art pos­i­tively with­out the neg­a­tive con­se­quences of il­le­gal tag­ging.

Tag­ging had an ad­verse ef­fect on the pro­fes­sional ur­ban art in­dus­try, which showed re­spect for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and could of­fer ex­pertly il­lus­trated mu­rals and other art­work, he said.

The group com­pleted three mu­rals at the Otaki Do­main, in­clud­ing a scene with Kapiti Is­land, an All Black and a bas­ket­ball player.

‘‘It was a real achieve­ment for these youth(s) and pretty ex­cit­ing to see, as well as that it’s been wel­comed by the Otaki community. It’s fan­tas­tic,’’ he said.

Otaki Col­lege stu­dent Zac Ol­sthorn, 16, said he was con­sid­er­ing ur­ban art as a ca­reer op­tion.

‘‘I have a real love for it and en­joy ev­ery­thing about the art form.’’

Fel­low stu­dent Nathan CapeKa­iawe, 16, agrees.

‘‘I can ex­press what I’m think­ing and show it on can­vas.’’

The Graf­fing the Fu­ture pro­gramme is run as part of the Kapiti Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Youth Ac­tion Plan.

UR­BAN ART: Otaki Col­lege students Anya Ge­orge, 16, front, Nathan Cape-Ka­iawe, 16, left, and Zac Ol­sthorn, 16, at the Graf­fing the Fu­ture work­shop.

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