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local and international street artists and artworks. While Singapore’s street art scene is growing and receiving more recognition and appreciation, it is also important for students to be aware of the contemporary issues surrounding street and public art. Inspired! Our test-wall. Trying the different techniques and effects of different spray caps. street art, the difficulties and challenges he faces as an artist and advocate. His sharing made me realise that street art goes beyond the aesthetics – it is a vehicle for expression and a platform for artists to showcase their self- identities, history, culture and even messages. During the workshop with Zero, we picked up ideas about tagging, creating our own unique styles of writing and designing characters. The highlight of the workshop was learning a new medium – spray paint. We learnt about the different types of spray paint, the difference between high and low pressure, and how using different bottle caps could help us achieve different effects. We also tried different techniques such as layering, blending and cutting. As we practised using the spray paint on an empty wall, I realised that it was not as easy as it looked. Using the spray paint was initially challenging for some of us as it required good control of our fingers, hands, arms and body. To create our collaborative mural, each participant had to contribute our individual design to the wall. We started with a mock-up 60 Personally, this brought about a whole new level of appreciation for graffiti and the collaborative spirit among street artists. Tag of initials and sketch for mural. and sketched our designs on paper. When we were ready to transfer the designs onto the wall, we applied the techniques we had learnt and used different spray caps to achieve different effects in our artwork. Working to continuously touch-up and clean up the lines as we spray-painted, I realised that a graffiti artwork involved many layers. In addition, we also had to think about the use of colours and addition of elements such as clouds, bubbles, lines and patterns. Although we may be working on our individual designs on the wall, we had to collectively ensure that our designs came together to form a seamless piece of artwork. The experience from CAPS! has definitely reignited my interest in street art. Working collaboratively with a group of teacher- artists, we will be creating a graffiti-inspired artwork for aedge 2020 to explore this art form even further. While we celebrate graffiti and street art becoming a globally- recognised medium of artistic expression, we also need to understand its influence, impact on society and how it is deeply rooted in today’s visual culture. As art educators, I feel it is important for us to be informed and for us to keep ourselves abreast of the art trends. We need to constantly seek to understand different contemporary art forms. Application in the Classroom While it would be quite challenging to do graffiti in school, there are definitely some aspects of my learning that I would apply in my art classroom. I would like to introduce graffiti-style writing or tagging, where students could learn about the creation of graffiti lettering, allowing them to explore their self-identities and express their own individual styles. Processes of mural design, application of elements of art and principles of design as well as composition could be introduced as well. I would also share with my students the history and evolution of graffiti and street art, and introduce to them some 61