GONE are the days of graffiti being the domain of ne’er-do-wells and taggers.
It's become a style of art in its own right – respected and studied as artists across Australia and the world combine its underground roots with a growing mainstream exposure.
That's why Bandiana Primary School saw fit to show their students there is much more to a can of spray paint that ugly tagging.
The school's senior students have been studying graffiti all term, discussing the design and history of the genre, culminating in a local artist painting a mural on campus.
Street artist Kade Sarte, who has completed a number of other pieces around Albury and Wodonga, spent two days on a new mural near the school's entrance.
He also took time out during painting process to speak to several classes of students about street art and his inspiration.
“It's really exciting, I definitely get a bit of a boost from how much they love it,” Mr Sarte said.
“It's good to teach them where it comes from, they get a better understanding of what's behind it all, how it's progressed and how you actually do the paintings.
“Street art has definitely come a long way in the last five to 10 years, it's definitely the most mainstream and most popular art form now.”
Mr Sarte's mural features a kangaroo, a species commonly seen in the area around the Bandiana school, holding a globe in its hands.
Painted on the bottom is the slogan ‘The World Is Yours'.
Bandiana PS visual arts teacher Tania Worrall said her students had enjoyed learning about a distinctly modern style of art.
“At Bandiana we value the importance of the arts, and the life skills that come with being creative,” she said.
“The senior students, in particular, are intrigued by modern forms of art like graffiti, street art and design in general, so to have Kade spend a day here painting his mural has been a great way to finish off a productive unit of work focused on this subject.
“The students have loved watching Kade paint, learning the process of creating a piece of street art from start to finish, and asking him questions about his job.”
Mr Sarte's profile as an artist has grown significantly over the last couple of years.
After his first prominent work, a mural of Butt's Gourmet Smokehouse owner Anthony Butt on the side of his Young St premises, shot to prominence, Mr Sarte's work has become increasingly high in demand.
He's since completed works at Choppertown in Wodonga, Kirinari in Lavington and numerous other local businesses around the region.
Mr Sarte has also worked with students from the Kandeer School in North Albury in recent months.