Local artist, Doug Shaw, delivered an enrichment session for students at the Vocational Progression Centre. During the session, students got to see some of his original artwork, which included traditional canvases and some more unusual pieces such as upcycled vinyl prints. It was the vinyl that grabbed the attention of the students and soon they each had a record to decorate. Doug explained that this was a great way of upcycling old unwanted records, by turning them into expressive pieces of art.
Students used an array of different coloured paints and varied tools including; sponges, brushes and rollers to create some very dynamic effects – also demonstrating good dexterity.
Tutor Gemma Collin said: ”Students have been engaged and stayed focused throughout the entire session, it was great to see them expressing themselves through art and really enjoying the freedom of painting.”
Doug described the session as “therapeutic”, he was impressed by the students “enthusiasm and willingness to try different techniques and experiment with different creative processes”.
Student, Matt, a fan of graffiti art said “I liked the paint, it was good.”