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Creative Arts North Staffs teach legal graffiti skills
Drawing graffiti
The Creative Arts North Staffs team teach legal graffiti

A team of youngsters from Longton have been getting their hands dirty as part of a new art project across the area.

The Creative Arts North Staffs project is aimed at giving rundown areas across Stoke-on-Trent an artistic makeover in the form of legal graffiti.

It was the idea of local artist Chris Guest who wanted to help young people who are not in mainstream education.

Chris arranged for graffiti to be displayed on the walls of specific areas of the city.

He formed the Creative Arts North Staffs project himself three years ago, and his aims were to work with young people to address anti social behaviour and re-engage them back in to learning new skills.

Once they have learned the specific techniques to legal graffiti they set about tidying up the more unattractive areas of the city.

Anti Social Behaviour

Guest told BBC Radio Stoke's Beccy Wood: "We've done quite a few sessions with the young people. We started by teaching them basic graffiti skills and got them working together as teams."

He added: "It's good to do stuff like this particularly when they're not in mainstream education, it's called kinaesthetic learning.

"When you make a new bond with a young person that perhaps hasn't been engaging so well, and their confidence isn't too good, it's really great to see them blossom and create something."

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