Young people from Usk’s Inclusive Youth Club were introduced to the fine art of graffiti painting recently when Cardiff-based artist Lloyd Roberts paid a visit to run a workshop. Members learnt how to sketch, create their own design and select colours.
Lloyd also demonstrated his ability by transforming a run of the mill ten gallon water drum into a standout tiger-patterned container adorned with fiery stripes.
Youngsters – Ben Joseph, Lyndon Pask, Ellie Jones, Rheanna Pugh and Alex Phillips – worked steadily for an hour and by the end of the session they had created artworks reflecting their own style and benefited from learning a new skill. All were impressed by their handiwork.
The workshop took place in the open air of Usk’s Sparkle Garden in Maryport Street, a multi-sensory area which opened eighteen months ago employing colourful graffiti-style murals designed by Lloyd.
Monmouthshire Youth Service Inclusive Coordinator Rebecca Kent said: “Our Sparkle Garden is an ideal location for running interesting workshops during nice weather. Young people love learning in the fresh air and the location inspires them to make the most of their artistic skills and imagination.”
The Inclusive Youth Club is open to all young people between the ages of 11 to 25 and offers support to those with additional learning needs or disabilities. It is organised by Monmouthshire County Council’s Youth Service, meeting twice a week in Usk and weekly in Gilwern during term time. Sessions like the graffiti workshop also take place occasionally during school holidays. For further details email: RebeccaKent@monmouthshire.gov.uk or telephone: 01291 672237.