Classroom Table Art


I hope this blog hasn’t lost all its English readers after my recent entries in French. Here is a post in PoF’s official language and with more pictures than text because the pictures language (does it even exist?) is universal and a picture is worth a thousand words.

Back in high school my Arabic literature teacher liked to speak of social and psychological repression whenever he caught a classmate writing or drawing on her/his table. I liked this teacher a lot, I had him during three years and, whether he spoke seriously or joked, it was always in Arabic Fus’ha. Three years were enough for most of us, including the lazy ones, to become fluent in Arabic Fus’ha. And it’s thanks to him that I have no doubt about setting a new record in this AJ+ challenge.

I wanted to write a short and light post so I am not going to argue about this repression theory and on whether it is what makes pupils write and draw on their tables or not. And I don’t have a clue whatsoever so let’s assume that they are polishing their art in order to be the worthy heirs to our ruling artists.

The below pictures taken by an acquaintance show the artwork of some middle school in Bejaia, Algeria. Note that the tables were clean in September and this how they look at the end of the year. The walls have been used too but I don’t have the pictures.

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Another art expression is through sticking chewing gum under the table. I hope you are able to see the patterns and the wonderful organisation of colours and shapes.

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3 thoughts on “Classroom Table Art

  1. Hello Mnarvi. Glad to read you again 🙂
    Le chewing-gum rose pour les filles et bleu pour les garçons, pas d’erreur possible! Les graffitis sont le travail de longues journées d’ennui. J’aime bien la table des drapeaux :p Ton prof d’arabe serait heureux de lire ton post, mais il ne lit peut-etre pas l’anglais. Des nouvelles de lui?

    • Cheers Anonyme!

      My teacher now works for Ennasr newspaper, I sometimes read his articles and he used to write poems for them…

      Re. the colours, does it mean that there are more girls than boys in the classroom? or that girls are more addicted to chewing gum than boys? Or both?

      • Quelques chewing-gum collés sous la table et voilà déjà matière à étude sociologique 🙂
        C’est vrai que les filles consomment plus de chewing-gum que les garçons… mais après réflexion, je crois qu’il y a aussi le facteur de disponibilité des produits. Comme tu sais, des fois on trouve ghir May, d’autres fois ghir Clako. Peut-être que c’est juste ça 😉

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