Street artists to give Glenroi Oval skate park a splash of paint

HOME DECORATING:  Artist Matthew “Mistery” Peet and students Keru Frost, Hugh Farley, Kaleb Masila and Jacob Skelton work on their street art design for Glenroi Oval’s skate park. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

HOME DECORATING: Artist Matthew “Mistery” Peet and students Keru Frost, Hugh Farley, Kaleb Masila and Jacob Skelton work on their street art design for Glenroi Oval’s skate park. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

DESIGNS for Glenroi Oval skate park will be put to the test on Saturday when high school students demonstrate their street art skills.

Students from Canobolas High School and OCTEC Youth Connections met at the Glenroi Community Centre on Friday afternoon to learn from Sydney street artist Matthew “Mistery” Peet and plan Satuday’s artwork.

Also a youth worker and hip-hop artist, Mr Peet has created street art for the past 31 years.

“I think street art is something that people identify more with than gallery art - they see it and want to know how to do it,” he said.

To those who might dismiss street art as graffiti, Mr Peet said it was held in high regard in overseas countries with a longer art history.

“I have friends who’ve done street art that’s in the Louvre,” he said.

“I like the fact that it’s a public art form and the community aspect - we work as a crew and it’s quite quick.

“I can knock over a mural in a day with spray paint, but the same thing with a brush would take weeks to do.”

Mr Peet taught the students about mainstream colour theory, fonts and layout yesterday and will run a demonstration on painting techniques this morning before the students start their artwork on the park’s new shade shelter.

Activities will continue for most of the day and the members of the public are welcome to watch their progress.

The panels will be temporary so they can be removed and archived to make way for new panels and fresh designs.

About $100,000 will be spent on Glenroi Oval this year, including a new footpath, skate equipment, seating, and a bubbler.

danielle.cetinski@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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