Abstract

Paeglite, Dace
Latvia
C.507 | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 16:00 - 16:30, Room C1
Freedom with Graffiti and Graffiti Games with the School
The aim of the publication is to study the presence of Graffiti in the schools of Latvia, in art education as well as realize the existence of its different forms in the cultural environment. This way of youth expressing themselves is not mentioned in the programs of art education as something essential. Accordingly while exploring the influences of Graffiti culture in the youth (13 to 20 years old) and realize that Graffiti is not a form or arts which characterizes the Baltic cultural area. Of course, there can be mentioned Graffiti in the lessons of arts by teachers, but then it is usually explained in the framework of postmodern art as a sign of the time. Moreover it can be done while talking to children and teaching the design of the letters, calligraphy and learning the perspective or exploring the laws which create the changes of objects and forms in the different places, in addition, it can be used when getting to know the methods how the distortions of objects and forms develops. Actually, we have to agree with the Swedish specialist of art education S. Lovgren who in 1997 told that teachers are totally unprepared for such a self-expression of youth. Moreover, teachers do not have any idea what to do with it in the classroom and lessons of art, because the first contact with Graffiti happens somewhere out of the school – on the walls of it. The research shows the different expressions of Graffiti in Latvia, gathering the materials about: Occasional scratchy writings Processes how the historical culture heritage is being damaged Literary texts and messages Stories written on the drawing desks Background of the skateboard culture System of the colors and images of the Graffiti art – the signs what are left in the city by young people, who show their courage and the feeling of freedom. It is clear enough that we have to talk about the Graffiti as well as young people’s feeling of symbolic belonging to some group or even a symbolic family, which understands one and allows to have your own opinion, express yourself and feel free. This is the story about the Graffiti as a game with the sweet feeling of freedom what is so important for the youth.
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