BSSC Art student Darcy Fletcher was one of a dozen young artists to produce work for last weekend’s Groovin’ the Moo Bendigo.

Darcy has been creating artworks with aerosol paint for a couple of years now, so when teacher Marcus Patching suggested the Hiphopportunities art project he jumped at the chance.

“We got together each week for about two months leading up to Groovin’ the Moo,” Darcy said. “This is the first time I’ve put my work out there in public and exhibited it.

“I’ve done some work at the McIvor Road Skate Park and on the back wall of my dad’s shed, but this the first ‘official’ art project I’ve been involved with.”

The theme for this year’s project was ‘Creepy Crawly’ with artworks ranging from large banners to installations.

Hiphopportunities workshop facilitator Jara Gillick-Lewis said it took two days to produce the final artworks.

“We painted from 10am to 5pm both days to create a big forest full of insects and creatures,” she said. “They have been working towards this for eight weeks and they are all very talented artists who have put great thought into their designs.”

For Darcy, the experience has reinforced his interest in art and experimentation across a whole range of media. His study design at BSSC includes Photography, Vis Comm, Media, and Art General, but outside of school you’ll find him with an aerosol can in hand, honing his craft.

“I’m not sure what I’ll do after Year 12, but it will be something involving art,” he said. “I’d like to study in Melbourne, but it will depend on my marks.”

For now, however, he’s letting his art take him where it will.