During my recent visit to the city I was invited by Leigh Nudelman of UAP to take part in a one day arts workshop with the young residents of the building. The brief was pretty simple. We have one day, possibly stretching into two to transform their art room wall into something more colourful.
To do this we would need to pull out all the stops and paint in a frantic pace to achieve our goal in the short amount of time we had. Hand prints, paint splats, drippy paint techniques and some drawing references were all used to make the wall happen.
The theme was ' Love Joburg' and featured a leopard fish ( we made that up) swimming with a big rope chain and a big snake with its body spelling out the word.
The task was completed in about 5 hours with some finishing being done on the Sunday.
The Urban Arts Platform is a great project that engages the young people and I hope to work with them in the future again.
For more information on the Ansteys kids projects or if you could help go here : http://displayartproject.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/exciting-workshops/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to the residents at the Ansteys building, Leigh Nudelman, Juliet,Gina Cooperman and Nkosinathi Zulu at the British Council for the support.
We are here in full art deco
This looks a good place to paint.
Getting stuck in with the base coat.
Everybody to the wall .
Protective clothing is needed at all times
Head of design has an idea
Muffins ordered now down to business.
Beginning of the Leopard fish
Writing and writing some more
The base fill in.
More graf please
Team A looks after the fish
wait, is that a Peppermint background about to happen?
The fish is taking a battering
Intense painting is happening
First we sketch, then paint.
More help is on the way
Drips are good
The fish is well and truly fryed
Ice is here
Swimming in the city
The handprints are coming...just wait.
The Leopard Fish
What does it say?
Johannesburg CBD from the top floor
The design team work intensively
The view onto Joubert Street
Sunshine in the City
Finished piece of work by one of Anstey's top artists.
The rights of children written onto the wall.
The handprint team are ready to begin
We are here
Love your City, it's yours.
The artists take a break
Joubert St, Downtown
Yes we do
A great piece
Taking a break from the painting
The artists stand in front of their work
The handprints come out
Thank you Johannesburg.