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Re:[teacherartexchange] Graffiti Art


From: Terry Marney (terrylou63_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jul 21 2005 - 17:21:16 PDT

 I LOVED Laurie's idea of creating a tribute to a
teacher by using chalk on an outside wall. I will
seriously look into using this idea this year! I bet
the kids loved it too! I'm a first-year teacher, and
it never occurred to me to actually do this on a
school wall! I wonder if my principal would allow it.
   Michal, is that what you meant by the "final
graffiti connection"? My students didn't actually
make graffiti on a wall..instead it was more about
creative lettering, symbolism, etc. and I displayed
their work on the cafeteria wall. They did enjoy it,
but Laurie's idea would take it a step further. I
found a website about a group of 'taggers' in LA who
started out vandalizing, but later decided to use
their talents for good instead of evil! And they got
paid for it, to boot!! They call themselves "In
Creative Unity" and their website is:
You probably have to cut & paste the url into your

Subject: Re: Re:middle school lessons
From: Laurie Reber <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 17:25:36 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 21

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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