A TAUNTON graffiti artist paid a visit to Danesfield School in Williton to create a giant mural showcasing the school's four house shields.

Sam Gaden of Aerosol Art spent several days at the school last week painting the four shields, which brought the pupils' ideas to life.

The children were asked to design the shields with animal logos to represent the school's four houses: Luttrell, St Audries, Trevelyan and Wyndham.

The winning shields, featuring a wolf, a tiger, a lion and a wild cat, were chosen from a huge selection of entries.

Headteacher David McGrath said: “We felt really privileged to have Sam working with us.

“He is a real talent! He spent his youth spray-painting under the Obridge link tunnels and he now enjoys working with schools.

“The project has been inspirational for our pupils.”

Somerset County Gazette: Sam paints a shield at Danesfield School.Sam paints a shield at Danesfield School. (Image: Danesfield School) 

Sam, who was interested in creating artwork from an early age, said: “Now I get to go around and do youth work and projects in schools where I can tell children that it is possible to make a career out of art.”

In September, Sam painted a mural of Queen Elizabeth II in Taunton to honour the UK's longest-reigning monarch and her service to the country.

Earlier this year, he created a mural on a Wellington footbridge commemorating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and 70-year reign.

Sam can be contacted via the Aerosol Art Facebook page or www.aerosolart.co.uk.