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Monochromatic Graffiti

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore monochromatic color mixing through the creation of a graffiti-style name composition. They will write an artist statement reflecting on how color was used to convey emotion in the artwork.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will design and draw their name in a graffiti art style.

Students will identify a monochromatic color scheme.

Students will mix and use tints and shades while painting.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate a discussion on color associations with emotion and how we use color to show internal and external emotion.
  • Introduce monochromatic color schemes and demonstrate how to mix tints and shades, using paint.
  • Help students use monochromatic color schemes to illustrate an emotion.
  • Demonstrate strategies for writing the alphabet in “bubble letters” or the graffiti style.

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National Standards


Create

Brainstorm multiple approaches to a creative art or design problem.

VA:Cr1.1.4a

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

Create artist statements using art vocabulary to describe personal choices in art-making.

VA:Cr3.1.5a

Use art vocabulary to describe personal choices in artmaking and in creating artist statements.

5.VA:Cr3

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

5.VA:Cr2.1

Brainstorm individual and collaborative approaches to a creative art or design problem.

4.VA:Cr1.1

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 30 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Sketchbook (or heavyweight paper)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Permanent markers
  • Acrylic or tempera paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water cup
  • Mixing palettes

National Standards


Create

Brainstorm multiple approaches to a creative art or design problem.

VA:Cr1.1.4a

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

Create artist statements using art vocabulary to describe personal choices in art-making.

VA:Cr3.1.5a

Use art vocabulary to describe personal choices in artmaking and in creating artist statements.

5.VA:Cr3

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

5.VA:Cr2.1

Brainstorm individual and collaborative approaches to a creative art or design problem.

4.VA:Cr1.1

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Steps

Sketch & Outline the Name

Research graffiti art and the types of text/font typically used in graffiti tags. Sketch a name using a pencil. Create letters that contain negative space. Use the graffiti alphabet resource for inspiration, if needed. Trace the design with a permanent marker.

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Instructional Materials

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The Emotion of Color

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Color Schemes

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Feelings, Moods, and Emotions

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Basic Painting Vocabulary

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Building Value with Acrylic Paint

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Artist Statement Flow Chart

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Guiding Questions for Graffiti Art

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Graffiti Alphabet

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Graffiti Creator Guide

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Value Shifting

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Value Shifting Color

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Worksheet

Value Shifting Worksheet

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Critique

Graffiti Critique

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