Paulo Ito, a well known graffiti artist in São Paulo, was invited to stay for a whole week at Graded, teaching Middle and High students about this type of art and its techniques. Graffiti is very popular in the city, and it is becoming more accepted by the community. Recently, the mayor allowed a large group artists to paint along a popular avenue called 23 de Maio (see news at O Globo). Paulo Ito participated in this effort with his characteristic social protest style, highlighting the severe water shortage, as reported by Euronews.
In Art classes, Paulo Ito answered students questions about the legality of graffiti and its debatable nature, as well as the social protest role it plays in his work.
During an Assembly with all High School students, Paulo Ito demonstrated his technique by creating a graffiti live in 6 minutes. See his performance at the video below, it is really awesome:
At the end of the week students were then able to show what they learned through their own graffiti work. An area in the open student center was designated for that purpose, as well as a series of portable boards. Middle and High School students then worked side by side to produce an amazing collective graffiti wall.