I didn’t think we should just talk about graffiti–it is illegal, after all, and cities spend millions each year to clean it up, but we are surrounded by it.
Graffiti has been in existence since cave-dwelling times, through the Roman empire, the current art forms really becoming popular in the 1960’s, with artists using the blank walls in NYC subways as canvasses.
We talked about community art, which can bring people together. In cities, in towns, even on our school walls, it creates beauty on boring walls.
The kids learned about Keith Haring, his pop-graffiti art with its memorable cartoon-style drawings morphing into a worldwide empire of child and very-adult art. Haring was involved in over 50 community-art projects, including many with children–such as the 100 year Statue of Liberty anniversary with almost 1000 children.
Haring’s style of work was so easy for the kids to relate to, and we did a simple project. On a gorgeous spring day, we took sidewalk chalk to the front of the school.
A few pictures of the kids beautiful work: