Mural empowers youth creativity

YOUTH of Emerald added a splash of colour to the town and all it took was their own creativity and ingenuity, a blank canvas, cans of spray paint and one weekend.

Under the direction of artist Christian Griffiths, the local budding artists, along with Anglicare Central Queensland staff, completed a mural to represent the values of Momentum Youth Camp.

The mural, on display outside the Anglicare office, features the words “empower, engage and encourage”.

Each participant got to add their own creative touch to the venture.

The weekend of painting was not just about letting creative juices flow but also about team-building, leadership and trying new things.

Youth Support co-ordinator Hayley Gardner said she was very impressed with the artwork produced and the detail used by the artists.

“It was a great way for them to build on new skills and also to express themselves in a positive way,” she said.

The youth involved said they were amazed at what they were able to do with spray paint and were able to practice on canvases which they took home as a keepsake of the weekend.

“I really enjoyed the stencilling as I was able to put a lot of detail into my work,” said one participant.

“It was a great team-building exercise and a way for us to build on our friendships.”

Workshop facilitator Christian Griffiths said he was impressed with the drawing skills of the participants and how quickly they learnt the techniques.

“The participants were able to express their creativity through aerosol art,” he said.

“I was impressed with the drawing skills of the participants and it didn’t take long for several to produce some fantastic aerosol works.

“This type of activity allows the young people to explore alternative arts mediums, build self-esteem and creates ownership.”

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