When I think back on my Spain study abroad experience, one of the first feelings that comes to mind is the new creative atmosphere that surrounded me. I loved seeing street markets while walking around the city on the weekends, beautiful architecture, and new food and clothing shops. I enjoyed soaking in the scenery, and sometimes that included new art forms like graffiti on the buildings by the river.
One afternoon in Sevilla, Spain, I took a graffiti tour of the city, learning about the history of graffiti in Spain, how it has arose as an art form and some of the famous graffiti artists from around the country. At the end of tour, we were able to make our own graffiti on a wall designated for our study abroad program.
Overall, I loved seeing the history of the city in the graffiti art we saw. While graffiti sometimes carries the connotation as something illegal or wrong, it was interesting to hear about the legal forms of graffiti that colored the city. In the murals, we could symbols of Sevilla’s famous spring festivals as well as the important monuments of the city.
I love looking back on this experience and remembering to take chances with our creative side. To break the rules a little bit (in a good way). And leave our mark on the places and things that matter.
What new art forms have you enjoyed or tried recently? What new creative hobbies have you been fueling?