SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2012

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High School Studio Lesson art low down on the Leslie O'Shaughnessy A s an art educator, I look for Getting the Word Out ways to continually advoBy giving a heads-up to the local newscate for our discipline, as it paper, we almost always receive coverbenefits both our students age. We also publicize the project within and the surrounding community. As our school district via news release, a new teacher in 2008, I inherited encouraging the community to stop by an awesome advocacy tool from my both during and after the work has been predecessor, art educator Stephania completed. Teachers are also encourCrowder, via aged to bring her annual Despite the temporary nature of their classes out sidewalk art this project, it is an enduring art- throughout the activity. In making experience for students day to have a this activity, look at the work that enriches the public, and students recrein progress. speaks volumes in terms of art ate art masterIn 2009, we pieces on a 4–5' advocacy within the community. were lucky to (1–1.5 m) scale receive televion the sidewalk leading to the front sion coverage broadcast by our school entrance of the school. This project district's television station. never fails to garner positive attention from visitors, students, family memThe Benefits of Sidewalk Art bers, surrounding neighbors, teachers, Students look forward to and enjoy and school administrators. participating in this collaborative, 22 December 2012 SchoolArts public art project in the springtime. This lesson in both art history and art production gives students the opportunity to work as a team and show off their skills to friends, family, and the community at large. Plus, it is a full school-day's work that allows them to spend a day enjoying the lovely spring weather while they work. Getting Prepped Prep work for this project begins with a PowerPoint presentation that includes photos of historical and contemporary public art, such as Renaissance frescoes, Egyptian wall paintings, Mexican murals, Minoan frescoes, contemporary European street paintings, Philadelphia mural art, contemporary three-dimensional chalk art, and photos from previous years' chalk art. We also go over production expecta-

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