- Human experience can be communicated through arts.
- Art can bring out different emotions.
- There are many forms of artistic expression.
Here is what some of the Year 5 participants had to say about their experience –
“Before we started the unit, I knew a couple of things about graffiti. For example : it was a way to express your feelings in art ; it could be both legal or not. Finally, I knew that graffiti was used by street artists – I really wanted to meet one and I finally did.
I wanted to express how hunger is killing most of the population because some people can’t afford to buy food, so I decided to do that topic. Being hungry is not really a problem for us, because we can just walk into the kitchen and get ourselves a snack. But for people who don’t have a kitchen, it’s rather hard.I drew a giant bowl of soup to represent all the food we have, and a girl diving into it , to represent how much we eat a day.
I was so excited when I heard that I would finally get to meet a graffiti artist and when they said we would get to do some ourselves I couldn’t wait till the day we would get to do it ! When we started it got a little hard, but then Mrs Ly came and helped, it worked I was satisfied with my picture! Were you? I was not that happy when i realized that my picture got covered by a name and you couldn’t see my picture , but then I cheered up when i heard that my friends picture’s had not been covered.”
“I used to think that doing graffiti was just taking cans full of spray paint to write illegal stuff in metros or under bridges.I already knew that it was to express anger, but it turned out, not only. I learnt that you could also do graffiti legally. You can do graffiti to express other emotions( like: joy, love, hate, rage, embarrassment, etc).But now I know that graffiti can be an actual piece of art! I mean, isn’t that awesome?!!!
I wanted to express my anger about climate change, but it was not easy. I thought I could do it in no time, but I was wrong! I learnt to never underestimate people. Especially all of the people who do graffiti, like this guy called Baro. They are making awesome things right now, and I take them for an example.
Creating a graffiti was really fun! But it was not easy at all. When we arrived, I was thinking it was going to be finished in no-time, but when we started…We were all struggling. I tried, and to be honest, I put it on the list of the hardest things to do. But it was a very good experience and I am proud of it!”
Mariame Marly Balde, 5LA
By: Carole Ly, Class 5 Teacher