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Re: Re:[teacherartexchange] middle school lessons


From: Laurie Reber (lareb18_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jul 20 2005 - 17:25:36 PDT

To piggyback off the graffiti lesson. I had my
students do the same type of project at the end of the
school year. Rather than doing their name, I had them
plan a tribute to the teacher who they felt impacted
them the most during their two years in junior high
school. They planned their sketches and then had them
approved by me for "appropriateness" (you know how
junior high schoolers can sometimes be - lol!). I then
had the students take their sketches and a box of
colored chalk and we "graffiti'd" the outside brick
walls behind the art classroom at school. I then sent
an invitation to those teachers who were tributed so
that they could come and view their tribute wall. The
students loved the idea of the tribute AND the idea of
being able to "approporiately graffiti" the school
walls. The teachers loved the kudos - many were
surprised as to who had tributed them - it was a
positive way to end the school year.

--- "M. Austin" <> wrote:

> This sounds interesting, but I'm having trouble
> visualizing the final
> graffiti connection. Do you have images you could
> share?
> ~Michal
> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> > Vicki, this year my 7th & 8th graders started the
> > semester with "Graffiti Art". We talked about the
> > difference between art & vandalism, to begin with
> and
> > we look at a few samples of very talented graffiti
> > artists. I have students come up with 3 different
> > ideas for a design and before they begin their
> final
> > one, I go over one-point perspective. They
> practice
> > doing their name in block letters, going back in
> space
> > in one-point perspective. Then, if they choose to
> use
> > that in their final artwork, they may. I give
> them a
> > lot of freedom of choice in this one because their
> > graffiti should reflect their personality,
> however, I
> > do require that it take up the entire 9x11 page.
> They
> > may use colored pencil, markers, or both. This
> has
> > been a very successful lesson. They learn a
> little
> > about complimentary colors, analogous colors,
> > symmetrical & asymmetrical balance, and start to
> > become familiar with the elements & principles.
> It's
> > also a good beginning lesson because it helps me
> to
> > remember their names!
> > Terry
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