Imagine a graffiti artist. We”re talking about someone who takes delight in spray painting public places with all kinds of colors and images, covering the walls with bright creations just because they feel like it.
Now keep picturing that person.
Do they look anything like this?
How about this?
These two women are members of the organization LATA 65, a special group designed for senior citizens looking to get in touch with street art, a newer art form generally associated with younger generations. Not only do seniors get to experience a fun, new art form and spend time socializing outside, but they also strengthen connections with younger people.
LATA (which means “can,” as in a can of spray paint) 65 was developed in partnership with the Wool Urban Arts Festival located in Covilha, Portugal.
The members gather for workshop-style classes and practice what they learn.
They learn how to operate spray cans, and also how to use stencils.
As street art becomes less associated with criminality and more associated with the art world, it”s increasingly used to beautify neighborhoods and as a community-building activity. LATA 65 is working to bring the older populations into those activities and get them more connected.
The students first meet to discuss the history and concepts of graffiti art, and look at examples of street art from around the world. Then, they take it to the field and unleash their creativity on walls in the city.
Stencils are cut out in class and then brought to various sites.
Here”s a wall LATA 65 has worked on.
Just like any street artists, they always sign their work.
You can see more of LATA 65″s work on their Facebook page, and check out some cool in-progress videos as well. You can also learn more about the group on Wool”s website.