Have a graffiti wall

Have a graffiti wall

Adults can have a negative view of graffiti as what is often seen is unfinished or poorly done on walls, subways and along the railways. However, Banksy and other well known street artists have used their form of graffiti to make strong political and social statements. This is also true of some of the street murals in Northern Ireland and other places. Although we are not advocating random graffiti, a specific graffiti wall with words and pictures on it can be a fantastic way of children / young people expressing their views and opinions. Either a flat wall can be used or better still wooden panels propped against a wall. Both can easily be painted over. It is much better to provide a range of art materials such as water based paints, marker pens, coloured paper, magazines and PVA glue rather than spray paint. Spray paint is also very difficult to use, expensive and toxic. This type of activity needs to be well supervised, time limited and focused. The children / young people need to know the point of the graffiti wall and what questions are being asked or it can become a free for all with no direction. It is not a problem if it looks a mess but words or images need to stand out. You might want to have some ground rules relating to language and appropriate use of images.

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