Fine Arts Department of ISM brings splendour of graffiti to campus
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.”