Boarders express their artistic side… by painting a teacher’s car!
On the morning of Saturday 22nd September it was my rota to do an activity with the boarding students. I’m not sure where the idea came from, but I didn’t have to think about it for long; I was going to allow the student s to paint my car! I should say at this point that I have recently changed cars. I used to drive a rather dull, but very good 2004 Rover 75, three weeks ago I sold it and my car now is a 1965 Volvo 121 Amazon…in a rich dark grey colour with plenty of shiny chrome. Anyway, I did the usual which was to pop on to Google and see if my mad ideas are viable, and sure enough it is safe to paint your car with poster paint if you mix it with washing up liquid. Driving in on Saturday morning I had a passing thought to use car shampoo instead, but didn’t pursue it. The students was enthusiastic, they took to this authorised graffiti like the proverbial ducks to water, in fact I had to rein them in every now and then to stop them throwing paint at it and in the process splatting nearby cars! The two hours allocated to the task were quickly over and after cleaning the equipment up I pulled the car up onto the grass by the fountain for the money shot. The students had a great time, I thought the whole thing was well worthwhile and it was lovely to be able to spend time with our students away from the classroom.
Post Script: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, the paint washed off very easily indeed, but it has left grey shadows of the work in the gloss surface. When the weather improves my newly bought tub of grey T-Cut will be coming out!
Dominic Berry, Head of Art