Ravensthorpe District High School was fortunate to have a large mural recently painted by up and coming Perth based aerosol artist, Jerome Davenport.
Jerome and his assistant, Ben, were visiting the Shire to complete a mural and workshop at Hopetoun Primary School, organised earlier in the year by the Hopetoun P&C Association and the Ravensthorpe regional Arts Council. Initially, the Ravensthorpe mural was not possible due to other plans for the wall in question; but when those plans fell through suddenly we were lucky to secure Jerome at short notice. The wildflower design was put together using photographs taken by the secondary photography students.
It was an amazing opportunity for the students and staff at the school to be able to watch Jerome and Ben in action; we were all awed by their talent with a spray can and at how quickly the mural came together over the day. Unfortunately all the Cadet students were on a hiking and abseiling adventure that same day, but a few who were collected later in the afternoon from the bus at school were also able to watch the artists working.
Many thanks to the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council, the Ravensthorpe DHS P&C Association and the Ravensthorpe District Art Group for supporting this project at such short notice; your financial assistance is very much appreciated.
Jerome has completed many murals throughout Perth as well as other regional towns such as Wickepin and Busselton. Even whilst working on our project he was taking calls from another Shire keen to have him! This will be a great talking point for years to come for our school and an experience that the students will never forget.
I apologise in advance to all those parents who now face spray can wielding children at home!
By Mel Daw.