SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2010

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Early Childhood Studio Lesson Move Over Mr. Warhol, You're History! Craig Hinshaw S hepard Fairey's famous poster of Barack Obama with the word "HOPE" surely contributed to Obama's public persona. The contemporary relevance of the poster makes for an inspiring lesson. Making Posters Take a digital portrait of each of your students or help students take each other's photos. Enlarge the images to approximately 8½ x 11" (21.5 x 28 cm) and print the photos in high contrast to eliminate gray areas in the photos. Make a separate print of the word "READ" and copy it with each photo. Share and discuss Shepard Fairey's poster of Obama, pointing out the two colors he used: blue and red. Have students select two watercolor markers each and use them to color some or all of the posters. Point out that Fairey divided Obama's face in half; students may want to use this idea as a starting point. Display student posters in the school library or in March for Reading Month. Craig Hinshaw is an art teacher in the Lamphere School District in Madison Heights, Michigan, and the author of Clay Connections (Poodle Press, 2009). NatioNal StaNdard Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art. Web liNk Fairey Objectives Students will: • learn that photographs can be altered to create a work of art. • learn that art can be used to create a social message. Materials • digital camera • computer and printer • broad-tipped watercolor markers • copy of Shepard Fairey's portrait of Obama (available online) 37

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