Street artist Chris Stain meets the Art School Without Walls team to discuss the upcoming mural project, living in the inner-city, and why maintaining a creative life is so important

Cre8tive YouTH*ink’s, Art School Without Walls, Vol. 6, is a collaboration with the Quinlan Development Group and Lonicera Partners, and will be led by renowned street artists Christ Stain and Billy Mode. Stain and Mode will guide 12 artists (ages 15-22) in Mural and Printmaking workshops to produce a large-scale mural that will appear on a new residential building at 267 Pacific Street in Brooklyn this Spring. The mural is based on an iconic image from ” Street Play Project,” a collection of 1970s photos by Martha Cooper that highlights the creative spirit of New York City’s inner-city residents.

Left: The chosen photograph for the upcoming mural from Martha Cooper’s “Street Play Project,” depicting a teenager who scavenged the city for bicycle parts to craft his own stylized inventions. Right: Chris Stain’s interpretation of Martha Cooper’s photograph for the mural that will be placed on a new building on Smith St. & Pacific Ave this Spring.
Left: The chosen photograph for the upcoming mural from Martha Cooper’s “Street Play Project,” depicting a teenager who scavenged the city for bicycle parts to craft his own stylized inventions. Right: Chris Stain’s interpretation of Martha Cooper’s photograph for the mural that will be placed on a new building on Smith St. & Pacific Ave this Spring.
At the planning party, Stain met his 12 new apprentices for the first time, along with the social media interns (us!) who will be documenting the mural’s creation along the way. He presented a slideshow of images of his earlier work and discussed how he became an artist, which began when he was an inner-city teenage graffer in Baltimore in the 1980s. First he talked about some of his techniques for creating street art, such as stenciling which he is best known for, and how he continuously aims to create the same esthetic in larger pieces.
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