Master The Walls Program
The Master The Walls Program is a school mural program for low socio-economic high schools who could not otherwise afford to have a street artist visit the school. Students studying the NSW high school curriculum now study ‘graffiti art’ and ‘public art’ subjects within the KASCA (knowledge and skills creative arts) visual arts framework.
Utilising some of Australia’s most popular professional street artists, the Master The Walls Program teaches mural painting and shares vocational knowledge about the creative profession of mural painting. In addition to learning learning new skills, building self esteem and working as part of a team – students have the rare opportunity to gain an understanding of the day-to-day business of full time professional muralist and how the artist began their career.
The program involves the professional mural artist hosting an art workshop, an artist talk and working with students to paint a mural at the school. Afterwards, two students are selected by the school for a work experience opportunity which will involve assisting the artist to paint an additional mural in the local community. The work experience element provides valid vocational training that students can add to their creative portfolios and CVs.
To find out more about this unique program please contact Jacinta Fintan on 0422 033 055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 Master The Walls
In 2018 the Master The Walls program rolled out at three high schools in Western Sydney. In total the program. In total the program benefited 1572 students across the three high schools, with 63 students participating in art workshop, 42 in mural painting sessions and 6 in the work experience elements.
Punchbowl Boys High School (Punchbowl) – with Phibs
“The Master the Walls Project provides an excellent opportunity for students to work with a street artist, learning their techniques and artmaking process. Directly contributing to the actual painting of the mural and spending the day with the artist became the highlight of the students’ year at school. They were in awe of the artist (Phibs) and the fact they were working on an original mural created for the whole school. We look forward to working with Master the Walls again in future. The two students who completed the work experience at the PCYC were very proud of their efforts. They felt a greater sense of independence completing a project in this external environment; this is well suited to their specific stage of life as they are about to transition from Year 12 to a post-school context. Students were able to add images of this work to their portfolio; this is very important for one of the two as he hoped to be involved in visual arts, in some capacity, in the future.”
Amy Satchell, HSIE Teacher / Year Adviser: Graduates 2018
Sir Joseph Banks High School (Revesby) – with Mulga
“Students learned how an artist works and creates works for sale and notoriety. They saw how Mulga formulates his ideas, what they mean, his decision to become an artist full time and how that is possible. His resume of public and commercial works was inspiring for the students to see and hear about. They also enjoyed the practical component and wanted to stay longer to complete it, learn and interact more with Mulga.
The Master the Walls Project provides an excellent opportunity for students to work with a street artist, learning their techniques and artmaking process. Directly contributing to the actual painting of the mural and spending the day with the artist became the highlight of the students’ year at school. They were in awe of the artist (Mulga) and the fact they were working on an original mural created for the whole school. We look forward to working with Master the Walls again in future.” Danijela Mitic, CAPA Teacher, Sir Joseph Banks High School
Canley Vale High School (Canley Vale) – with Styna
“Students benefited from the work experience by participating in creating a site specific artwork and collaborating with artists and external agencies.” Angela Stojanovski, Head Teacher of Visual Arts, Canley Vale High School.
” What a fantastic initiative and what a gift to the local community. Thank you!” – Lost In Books (Work experience wall)