Art and Design KS3: A career as a street artist

Mohammed Ali is a street-artist from Birmingham who receives commissions to create murals that decorate the city.

Mohammed used aerosol paints, and bases his designs on aspects of his life and experience.

He talks about what inspired him to become an artist – rather than an accountant or doctor, as his parents might at one time have preferred – and the process of being an artist, which includes trial and error.

He says he was born with the language of creativity.

He bases his work on themes that are relevant to society as a whole and is committed to try improve people’s lives with his Art.

Teacher Notes

Invite pupils to produce a relevant design for a wall mural.

This could be a wall on the school site or they could be asked to select a possible location from their local environment.

This would be a good homework task and they could be asked to photograph possible locations.

The teacher could set a specific theme for the design or provide them with a more open brief.

The pupils could create a series of drawings, beginning with sketches that demonstrate their research into the theme, before creating a more realised design in colour.

Students should be made aware that permission from the owner is needed to paint on buildings and the health and safety implications of painting outside in public spaces.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Art and Design at KS3 in England and Northern Ireland, KS3 and GCSE in Wales and 2nd, 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.