Mu­rals for al­ter­na­tive school


Some Can­nons Creek build­ings are get­ting a facelift thanks to pupils from Porirua Al­ter­na­tive School.

Pride, con­fi­dence, team work, fo­cus and an es­cape are some of the ben­e­fits three Porirua stu­dents list when asked about the weekly art ses­sions run by artist Chris Bar­rand.

Maddy Mar­shall, 15, Jonah Davis, 16 and Blaine Bethan-Taape, 14, at­tend the Porirua Al­ter­na­tive School in Can­nons Creek.

Ev­ery Wed­nes­day for three years, Welling­ton’s Pab­los Art Stu­dios tu­tor Bar­rand has been run­ning two-hour ses­sions with the stu­dents as part of an out­reach pro­gramme.

‘‘Chris is re­ally good at ex­plain­ing things and mix­ing it up so we can un­der­stand,’’ Davis said.

‘‘He tries to get us to ex­press our feel­ings and take them over into our art. It helps a lot.

‘‘Art puts me in my own world and even though I’m work­ing with oth­ers, it feels like there’s just me and the art. It’s cool.’’

The three stu­dents worked on a large blue mu­ral, dec­o­rated with sten­cilled brown tur­tles, fish and out­rig­gers, on a wall in the Can­nons Creek vil­lage cen­tre.

They said they would feel proud to show it to their chil­dren one day.

Bethan-Taape said art had en­abled him to show his ‘‘true colours’’.

Bar­rands aid the vi­brant mu­ral re­flected the Can­nons Creek com­mu­nity and was a metaphor for the teens’ jour­ney through life.

‘‘Some­times when you’re on the ocean, it can be in­cred­i­bly stormy and at other times calm. It’s a theme the stu­dents can iden­tify with as they face their own chal­lenges and achieve­ments.’’

Al­though the project with Porirua Al­ter­na­tive School was draw­ing to an end, Bar­rand said other projects would carry on in the com­mu­nity with sup­port from Porirua City Coun­cil.

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