It's truly amazing to see the creativity and talent that can come from collaboration between artists and young minds. In March of this year, local artist Lisa Made It had the opportunity to work with the Year 6 students at SS Mary & John Primary School to create a stunning and vibrant mural.
The collaboration between Lisa, an illustrator, mural, and sign painter based in Oxford, and the Year 6 classes at St Mary & St John Primary School resulted in a one-of-a-kind mural featuring the school's values. We recently spoke with Lisa about her work and the inspiring project she took on with these young artists.
Lisa, who has worked with charities, schools, and local businesses in the past, expressed her excitement about the opportunity to work with the students. Her artistic style is characterised by bold shapes, bright colours, and a deep inspiration drawn from nature and the community.
“I was approached by Fusion Arts, who were looking for an artist to work with the Year 6 classes at St Mary & St John Primary School to create a mural featuring their school values. It was a pleasure to take this project on and work alongside the kids to create this one-of-a-kind mural for their playground and for the school to enjoy for years to come”
The artistic collaboration began with a paper cutting workshop where each student was assigned a different school value. Using brightly colored paper, they created their own designs through cutting and sticking. The ideas generated during this workshop were incredibly diverse, making the selection process challenging for Lisa.
“The kids really enjoyed seeing bits of their creations in the final design, and all of them loved having a go at painting with big brushes on a large scale”
The mural created by Lisa Made it and the Year 6 students now adorns the playground of SS Mary & John Primary School, Unfortunately, it is not open to the public, Lisa's other works can be seen around Oxford, including on the front of Florence Park Community Centre, various Tap Social venues, and the Barton/Headington Underpass.
This inspiring collaboration between Lisa Made It and the talented Year 6 students is a testament to the importance of fostering creativity in our communities. Let us continue to support local artists and encourage artistic expression among the young minds that shape our future.
The wonderful collaboration is made possible with the support of Cultural Education Partnership
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