In this lesson, we took to what makes the students who they are and transformed those ideas and opinions into art. After exploring professional works, we created our own stencil spray painted art to tell our own stories.
First we looked at some artists who create public street art projects such as Jean-Michael Basquiat, and discussed the meaning behind each piece, why they do that form of art, and what it means to create something so public.
Then they completed a worksheet that described their own beliefs and passions to begin brainstorming on designs and symbols that would represent their topics.
Once that was completed, we took images and put them into Stencilgram to create a stencil. Once that was complete, we put it into another computer program called ArtRage to work out any mishaps that could make or break our stencils.
We then printed our stencil images and glued them to matte board to be cut. We taped down our board with masking tape to then cut out a repeated background image. We first sprayed down our background image, took off that tape, and then sprayed our final image on top of that for a finished product.
Finally, we displayed all completed products and without discussing, we took guesses on what the artists were passionate about as well as naming our pieces.