Budding artists at the
Lewisham School of Muralism have been transforming walls in their own home this
quarter, while their home learning continues during lockdown.
Launched in 2020, the Lewisham School of Muralism
(LSOM) is a creative initiative that aims to train the next generation of
muralists. Founded by Patricio Forrester of Artmongers, and proudly
sponsored by Brewers Decorator Centres, the school invites young artists to
embark on an 18-week course to gain the skills and knowledge needed to transform
public spaces through thought-provoking art.
Of course, like everyone
this year, the School and its students have had to adapt to the ongoing
challenges lockdown restrictions have posed. Not able to meet nor work together
outside, Patricio moved their learning online and set them a new task – create
a mural at home.
‘We’ve definitely got into a rhythm with home learning, and our students have been able to adapt creatively at home and produce some brilliant artwork’
"There were two prerequisites for their home mural projects," said Patricio. "The mural needed to be in a public space in the home – somewhere housemates or family would see it – and we wanted students to engage their household members in what shape the mural should take. This way, our students were developing their ability to collaborate with a community – their household community – which is a key skill in muralism. Household members had an investment in the artwork as they’ve helped shape it."
Brewers Peckham supplied materials for the lockdown projects, with
Patricio coordinating the safe delivery of materials to each student. Zoom
tutorials were held twice a week, so students were able to discuss their ideas,
share progress and feedback.