I was just thinking about what I could add to my blog that would possibly give some of you out there some ideas. I feel like I have been collecting a lot of resources lately and gather ideas, but have not been contributing.
Last semester I did a graffiti lesson with grade 9 and 12, which ended up being pretty successful. I started the lesson off by showing the class a video about graffiti as an art form. I found this on you tube, and had the person send me the file.
I kept in contact with this person, and he ended up being a great resource for me throughout this unit. He had completed his masters in education, and wrote his thesis on the art of graffiti, so there were many ideas to be shared. I thought this was incredible how i was able communicate with someone from half way around the world about something no one I personally knew was familiar with.
I believe it engaged the students and helped set up the debate between graffiti and vandalism vs. graffiti as an art form. Afterwards I showered a power point of various graffiti artist, techniques, styles, meanings, etc. (If anyone would like a copy of this PowerPoint just let me know).
To start with I had the students create tag names for themselves, but had them first use this site for inspiration and ideas: http://www.graffiticreator.net/index.htm
Anyway, that's all for now! I hope that I have gave someone out there some ideas :)