‘My most special experience ever’

Children of De Rust busy creating public art on one of two buildings in the area - a special gift for everyone living in or visiting the De Rust area. (Photo supplied)

CHILDREN are the heart of every community and also the best artists! This was visible over the week­end in the De Rust area when children designed and created mural art on walls of two buildings.

This art project was initiated by the De Rust Non-profit Organisation (NPO), Youth Potential South Africa (YOUPSA), which is involved in afterschool enrichment programmes for disadvanta­ged rural children on farms as well as in Blomnek.

YOUPSA partnered with Flowers for Africa, a Cape Town based art organisation painting murals with disadvantaged kids in their communities.

One group of around 20 children aged seven to 12 years old painted a mural in Nelsrivier, and another group a mural in Blomnek. During workshops the children were taught how to use paint brushes and rollers, and to apply paint on the wall.

They also spent time designing their own unique flowers on paper and transferred these to the wall.
Creating something so big and vibrant in their neighborhoods was clearly a transformative experience for the children and the community.

Ray Schöne, the co-founder and the director of YOUPSA says, “Our focus is to give children the op­portunity to lead and express themselves freely. During the entire project the children did everything themselves, from start to finish. Adults only provided materials, mixed paint colours and gave guidance when asked.

A nine-year old girl from Blomnek said, “This was my most special experience ever. I did not know that I could create something so beautiful together with my friends.”