Beautiful Crime artist Saroj Patel is known for her illustrative murals and artworks surrounding themes of nature. Last year, Saroj, Founder of We Are Artists, travelled to India with her not-for-profit organisation to work on a project that brought artistic opportunities to local communities.
The aim of Project Paintbrush was to bring art into the lives of disadvantaged children through painting murals and providing them with art kits. The organisation provided 200 school children in different parts of India with tools to create art in their own environments, with the children being taught valuable creative skills by one of the We Are Artists’ team members. Saroj led this project herself, and below you can see her own signature illustrations which the boys and girls then painted and coloured in.
The project involved Saroj and her team travelling to the three different areas of India over the course of five weeks, and working with three different groups of children, starting in Gujarat and heading down towards Goa. The first project involved working with boys and girls from the Gyan Sadhana Ashram in Chanod, Gujarat, where Saroj and her team painted murals outside the children’s living area. The next leg of their journey took them to a village school in Sagra, Gujarat, where they created a painting a class of 35. The children were taught how to use the art tools provided to create portraits of one another.
The project ended in Mapusa, Goa, where they worked with “Goa Outreach”, who support getting street and slum children into schools. Assisting the charity, they painted murals on the outside of houses with the children, with the aim to brighten up their streets and inspire an ongoing sense of creativity.
“We believe everybody has the ability to create. Our mission is to bring spaces to life, and combat social and environmental issues that affect local communities.”