Fine Arts Depart­ment of ISM brings splen­dour of graf­fiti to cam­pus

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The Fine Arts Depart­ment of In­dian School Mus­cat (ISM) had the ex­cep­tional op­por­tu­nity to leave an aes­thetic legacy to the school by ac­com­plish­ing a graf­fiti project.

The walls of the school ground un­der­went an in­cred­i­ble meta­mor­pho­sis into a panorama of artis­tic ex­pres­sion overnight. The main thrust of project was to en­hance the splen­dour of the cam­pus as well as im­part the essence of art to the stu­dents. The graf­fiti in­volves themes that show­case the cul­ture and her­itage of Oman, pic­turesque land­scapes and ab­stract ideas.

The colour schemes and tech­niques adopted to com­pose the paint­ings are phe­nom­e­nal. The graf­fiti work was a pack­age of painstak­ing ef­forts, cre­ative think­ing and a sense of to­geth­er­ness. The hard work in­volved in the graf­fiti is mon­u­men­tal. An ex­hil­a­rated stu­dent, Anu­graha Vi­nayan of 12 G said, “En­gag­ing in the graf­fiti work was in­deed a beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence through which I could por­tray my cre­ative skills, un­der­stand the value of team­work as well as cre­ate golden mem­o­ries.”

The stu­dents as well as the teach­ers not only spent ar­du­ous hours dur­ing school but also con­tin­ued to work metic­u­lously af­ter school hours for about two weeks fin­ish­ing ap­prox­i­mately 7,200sq feet of graf­fiti work. “It was a beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence to be a part of this won­der­ful graf­fiti project. We are all re­ally proud to leave a part of our work on the lovely school walls. It is a mem­ory to cher­ish for­ever,” said Am­ritha Prakash, a class 12 G stu­dent.

Yeldo T Ouseph, teacher co­or­di­na­tor of the graf­fiti work, said, “A wall is a very good medium to ex­press the hu­man thought. School grounds are far more in­ter­est­ing place to have art than in Art Gallery or Mu­seum. Artists make a mark by open­ing an Art Gallery from the empty spa­ces of walls.” Mon­era al Bu­saidi, one of the par­tic­i­pants in the project, said, “The graf­fiti which we made was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. We didn’t ex­pect such a won­der­ful out­come af­ter all the ef­forts. The teach­ers who guided us are the rea­son why we were co­op­er­at­ing in a good way.”

Un­doubt­edly, this ex­pe­ri­ence helped stu­dents to ex­pand their cre­ative hori­zons, work un­der pro­fes­sional guid­ance, de­velop cre­ative think­ing and co­op­er­ate with fel­low stu­dents.

The teach­ers were able to sow the seeds of pas­sion and pro­fes­sional ethics among the stu­dents. The abil­ity of the en­tire team to rev­o­lu­tionise their ideas into a beau­ti­ful se­ries of art­work is a unique skill. An­cila Paul said, “Work­ing on the graf­fiti was a won­der­ful and en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. We have learned how to col­lab­o­rate with each other tak­ing tips and ad­vice from our Fine Arts teach­ers. The work that goes into cre­at­ing a piece of art re­quires a large amount of men­tal and phys­i­cal en­ergy.”

Dr Ra­jeev Ku­mar Chauhan, prin­ci­pal, In­dian School Mus­cat, said, “Hav­ing colour­ful sur­round­ings makes our day brighter. Feast­ing our eyes on these colour­ful graf­fiti is the best way to be­gin a day in the school.”

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