Learners earn their stripes

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College students painted two 10 foot tall zebras at a wildlife conservation park.

Rosie Watts, aged 17, and Steve Walker, 16, painted the mural at Bristol’s Wild Place Project.

They enrolled on a 12-week European Social Fund Programme, devised by preparation for work and life lecturer Luke Palmer and based at the park. The art-based course aimed to help teenagers not in education, employment, or training back into the classroom.

Rosie said: “I can’t believe we are actually up here at Wild Place painting our own artwork in public. After all the work we have done, it is amazing to see it all coming together.”

Both students now aim to begin level two courses at the college in September. Rosie has applied for art and design, while Steve has been offered a place to study animal care.

Mr Palmer said: “This sort of project gives students the opportunity to feel a real sense of achievement.”

Photo caption: Rosie Watts and Steve Walker painted two 10 foot tall zebras at the Wild Place Project in Bristol