SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2014

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Early Childhood Studio Lesson 32 December 2014 SchoolArts ECHOES twentieth century, and over the last thirty years, graffiti's influence in the high-art world has emerged through artists such as Shepard Fairey and Banksy, but its impact on culture on a global level is even larger. In addition to its role as a form of public art, graffiti has also become a means for polit- ical expression, a major employ- ment inroad for the art and design community, and an essential aspect of global popular culture. It's a language A s an art teacher living in Los Angeles, I see graffiti and street art as a kind of "voice" of the city. From the street-tagged neighborhoods to the grand billboards high in the air, graffiti seems to always echo what is happen - ing in Los Ange- les. Graffiti has always been a way for artists to depict aspects of life, starting way back with cave paintings and pictographs. Modern graffiti emerged in the E C G R A F F I T I John Purcell that spoke loud and clear to my first- grade students, and was much more familiar to them than the manuscript handwriting and literature anthology books in their desks. From the Streets to the Artroom I got the idea to introduce graffiti into my artroom when I noticed that stu- dents spend their free time doodling and concocting visually bold ways to write their names. Letters and sounds were given meaning through their visual construction. I decided that I would have students use their own names to make an artistic statement of identification. I got the idea to introduce graffiti into my artroom when I noticed that students spend their free time doodling and concocting visually bold ways to write their names. Miracle Varnado, grade one.

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