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Uplifting Graffiti

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will create a stencil of an inspiring and uplifting word or phrase to influence their community when sprayed on the sidewalk with spray chalk. They will analyze and discuss how the artwork influences the ideas, feelings, and behaviors of the viewer.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will participate in a group discussion about various graffiti artists.

Students will create a proposal for their word or phrase.

Students will investigate contemporary graffiti artists on their own.

Students will adapt and interpret the graffiti style to create their word or phrase.

Students will choose a location to display their work.

Students will utilize the stencil they created and spray chalk to display their artwork.

Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate a discussion about various contemporary graffiti artists.
  • Discuss the effectiveness of an image or images to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of specific audiences.
  • Guide students in creating a proposal for their artwork.
  • Demonstrate how to create a stencil for their word or phrase.
  • Facilitate a discussion to help students describe how culture, traditions, and history influence responses to art.

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National Standards


Create

Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.

VA:Cr2.1.IIa

Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.

Adv.VA:Cr2.1

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours and 40 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Tag board
  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Spray chalk
  • Chalk sticks
  • X-ACTO knife & self-healing mat
  • Masking tape or spray adhesive

National Standards


Create

Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.

VA:Cr2.1.IIa

Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.

Adv.VA:Cr2.1

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Steps

Discuss Graffiti Art & Artists

Participate in a group discussion about graffiti as an art and contemporary graffiti artists. Select a word or phrase that represents a community, problem/solution in the world, or personal connection. Create meaning in the graffiti that is designed.

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Instructional Materials

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56 Graffiti and Street Artists

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Artist Bio

Banksy

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Creative Mind Map

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Tips for Better Brainstorming

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Creating Tag Letters

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Guiding Questions for Graffiti Art

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Reference

Graffiti Alphabet

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Graffiti Creator Guide

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X-Acto Cutting Worksheet

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Critique

Graffiti Critique

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