Pupils’ giant mural is a work of art

Some of the children involved, pictured left, Blue Ayres (10), Charlie Ferrier (10), Mia Beilby-Duckett (10) and Lohan Sparrow (10)

Some of the children involved, pictured left, Blue Ayres (10), Charlie Ferrier (10), Mia Beilby-Duckett (10) and Lohan Sparrow (10)

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It’s not that unusual to be confronted by bright, colourful artwork outside classrooms.

But at Hawes Side Academy in Marton, youngsters have helped design one of the largest murals they claim Blackpool has ever seen.

Some of the children involved, pictured left, Blue Ayres (10), Charlie Ferrier (10), Artist David Healy of ' Infected by design', Mia Beilby-Duckett (10) and Lohan Sparrow (10)

Some of the children involved, pictured left, Blue Ayres (10), Charlie Ferrier (10), Artist David Healy of ' Infected by design', Mia Beilby-Duckett (10) and Lohan Sparrow (10)

Parents dropping their children off in the morning now get to see a 164ft long and around eight feet high Picasso-style mural, which has been painted onto temporary wooden fences put up while the new school is built next door.

Art teacher Wendy Barnes said: “We would now like it to be made into an Illumination because it was done by the children of Blackpool.

“I doubt the town has ever seen such a big piece of art before.”

The mural was designed by some of the school’s artistic pupils on paper before being painstakingly transferred onto the fencing by local artist Infected by Design, whose real name is 
David Healy.

View of the artwork at Hawes Side Primary School, Blackpool

View of the artwork at Hawes Side Primary School, Blackpool

He said: “They wanted a mural painting on the wall, something bright and colourful the children can appreciate as they play in the yard.

“The idea was, using pastel drawings the children did in class and based on Picasso’s work, to make a new design that looks almost like the children have done it themselves.

“I went into the school and did an assembly for the children, showing them examples of some of the work I’ve done over the years.

“As I clicked through the images of my work on the projector screen, they were ‘wowing’ and cheering, and even started clapping.

“When I left the school that day, I went away feeling very positive about the project.”

Mr Healy made stencil templates for the words included on the mural - Community, learning, creativity, harmony, and Hawes Side Academy - and chose 12 drawings for use in his final design.

He said: “It’s been a great experience working on the project and, even though it’s not a true 
representation of my own work, I’m still quite proud to have completed it.

“Picasso has always been one of my favourite artists growing up and to have been chosen to come in and recreate some of his work in this way is a good thing.”

Wendy added: “The children have loved it. We did not tell them whose work had been chosen so they had to watch and see if their work appeared.

“We thought that would be more exciting.

“It was a huge project. We tried to do something all the children had made that would be really interesting to look at.

“They all painted in the style of Picasso and David came in, helped with the design, chose some, and made them into a big mural.”

Hawes Side Academy’s new building was approved earlier this year as part of a £20m development that includes a new building and sports hall at South Shore Academy.