Prior to the workshops I prepared 4 banners using white Tyvek. Each banner had a sleeve which fitted over a 5 metre telescopic fibreglass pole. During the first session I held a design workshop, where the participants could sketch out their initial ideas on paper. I used a display of images of mural painting, by the Ndebele people of Western Africa, to inspire the development of large geometric abstract designs for the banners.
In the following sessions I worked with the Art in the Park project officer and a large group of enthusiastic children to scale up the designs and paint them directly onto the Tyvek banners. Acrylic paints in bright colours were used. Painting large format images proved difficult for some of the children. However, as the workshop progressed, they demonstrated growing confidence and responded positively when encouraged to experiment.