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Street Art with a Message

November 16, 2012

For the past few weeks 5th grade students at Riverside have been studying the art of Banksy, Swoon, and Keith Haring. These three artists all use street art to send a message. Students have discussed issues of legality, tools, and the Big Ideas behind the art. Today they are using TodaysMeet.com to address the aesthetic question — Is ALL graffiti art? Why or why not?

One student said, “No. Most graffiti is, but some graffiti is just inappropriate. Believe it or not, but this isn’t all art that is illegal. For example, a gang symbol on a wall owned by some one else isn’t art. But some illegal graffiti is art such as Banksy.”

After their discussion students got back to work on their own street art stencils. In previous classes, students chose a positive message they wanted to share, then designed a stencil using simple symbols to communicate that message. Today they are using their stencils to print their images on their class graffiti wall.
Posted By: Elyse Chudzynski, Art Teacher at Riverside

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