GREENWOOD, SC – Students in Lander’s Master of Arts for Teaching program spent some time on Saturday teaching local middle and high school students the art of street painting.
Street painting began in the 16th century in Italy. Street painters at the time were referred to as “Madonnaros,” which is the Italian translation for “Virgin Mary.” They were given the name because their subject was almost exclusively the iconic mother of Jesus.
The history of street painting has only been documented for about the last three decades, but has become extremely popular recently, particularly the anamorphic style of street painting. Anamorphic street paintings are characterized by their intense 3-D effect when viewed from certain angles.
Some street painters, such as Kurt Wenner, receive as much as $30,000 for one of their street paintings, which are usually done in chalk and wash away. Wenner is the only “maestre,” or master, in the world of street painting. That distinction can only be bestowed upon a street painter in Italy.
Lander MAT students hosted about 15 local students who are members of Greenwood’s Junior Artist Guild. Blaire Ferguson, Paul Abrahamsan, Adri Diaz, Corey Benjamin and Winston Cely taught students how to take small photos and enlarge them for a street painting using several different methods. They then assisted the students with their own chalk paintings on the Lander campus.