With over a decade of experience working with young people, we regularly run workshops and creative programs catering to young artists.
Due to the nature of many of our activities, we do not usually cater for children under 10 years of age.
Some of the youth projects we offer include:
Kids Holiday Art Program
Collaborative programs with local councils and community centres
Street Art Mentoring programs (minimum group size of 10)
Mitchell Shire Youth
We facilitated a five week Street Art Mentoring program for a group of 15 young people through the Mitchell Shire Council.
The program included guest workshops across a variety of street art mediums including stencils, freehand, typography, illustration and design. These workshops, delivered by a number of high profile Melbourne based street artists, allowed the young people to learn the skills and develop their own artistic styles to enable them to produce a huge mural at the end of the program.
Our youth facilitators stayed out at Broadford last week to help the young people install the mural onto their community youth centre! So not only do these young people have a new set of skills (and hopefully inspiration!) but the community also has a fabulous new mural.
Our Blender Youth team joined forces with Bayside City Council to run a street art mentoring program with a group of young people. The program was run over three weeks and included artist talks from our talented street artists, and workshops where the young people worked along side our team to learn all the tricks of the trade for freehand spray painting.
The group then worked together to develop their own mural design, incorporating all the participants ideas and imagery.
Together, on the final day of the program the young people (assisted by our artists) installed the work onto this toilet block. The outcome is a brilliantly colourful and vibrant collaboration of the young people's work for the community to enjoy for years to come.
For three consecutive years we have facilitated an intensive three day workshop program for a lucky group of young people from Loddon Shire. During the course of the program the young people get to work with a variety of different street artists practicing in different mediums at our studios.
The program included:
Street Art Tour and Education
Fine Art Education and NGV Tour
Paste Ups Workshop
Junky Projects sculptural and installation based workshop
Freehand Street Art Workshop
The young people did some incredible work got to exhibit their works in Bendigo at a community exhibition.
The amazing Kerry Hylton, a social planner for the City of Melbourne, secured funding for a project where we worked with some incredible students from St Joseph's Flexible Learning Centre to revamp the Flinders Court laneway in the CBD.
Our artists worked alongside the students in two days of workshops to deliver the skills they would need to pull off this amazing feat. During Reconciliation Week the students then took their designs to the streets under the guidance of our artists to complete this Public Space Improvement Project.
The entire project was an enormous success and we got lots of positive feedback from the public throughout.
Blender curated a week-long series of workshops where the next generation of artists explored paste-ups, freehand techniques, stencil, installation and murals. Led by a line-up of Melbourne's leading artists including Baby Guerilla, Caper, Luke Presto, Junky Projects, Man of Darkness and Wanissa Somsuphangsri, the program produced some really impressive results and we look forward to seeing these promising young artists go on to do great things!
For many years Blender operated the street art program through the City of Melbourne's youth program Signal. The programs ranged from 3 days up to full two week intensive creative courses.
We work with a a variety of different artists to teach the young people a variety of different street art mediums including freehand, stencilling, pasteups, sculpture, installation and guerilla gardening.
"I find the whole 10 day workshop such an inspiring process... it motivates me to keep constantly creating and pursuing my love for art" one young person told us on the final day, and this is the second year she has joined us for the street art mentoring program.