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									    Lesson Plan for Graffiti Unit- Grade 8 Principles and Elements of Design

    Christine Lynes                              Honours Specialist Course 2009

    This is a good introductory lesson for 8th graders. You could file it under
    design, lettering, or the artist Keith Haring and Symbolism. I like to start
    the trimester with this project because it helps me to learn their names,
    learn about them while they brainstorm symbols/designs about themselves,
    and it also shows me what level they are at in their drawing and knowledge
    of art supplies. For those who struggle with symbolism, they can do straight
    lettering and design an original tag made up only of creative lettering. They
    enjoy learning about Keith Haring and the graffiti discussion is always
    lively. We also hit on plagiarism and the importance of originality in the final
    design. The principles are learned easily because they have to incorporate
    them in the design and then tell me how they emphasized the principles.
    The self evaluation is like a wrap up quiz at the end of the project.

    Materials: markers, Permanent black markers, colored pencil, crayon,
    pastel, paint (provide as many choices as you can manage)

    Objectives: Students will

          Design an original tag that is representative of self

         Be able to incorporate the principles of design in tag

         Do some creative lettering


    1. Introduce the principles of art – Power Point & take notes on handout
    2. Introduce artist of the week – Keith Haring, look at Art & Man magazines.
    show PowerPoint of
       Graffiti (from Web Resources below)
    3. Talk about symbolism used today around us – power point of logos,
    graffiti, ancient and modern
    4. Explain assignment:

       1. Start with a balance plan – symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial

       2. Choose 2-3 other principles you want to emphasize

       3. Use objective pictures, lettering or symbols or non-objective designs
          but make sure the final design is original and not a copy of something
          you have seen. Talk about plagiarism.

       4. Make several thumbnail size sketches to start brainstorming ideas on
          scrap paper

       5. Mini-lesson on lettering – basic block, bubble letters, using graph
          paper, stylized lettering

       6. Choose one of your sketches to create in full color – size 12X18 (or
          whatever size paper teacher selects)

    Special notes:

         Draw lightly so your pencil lines don’t show through

         Be careful of black because it can smear and make your colors dirty –
      use last! Permanent Black Marker could be used for outlining if desired.

         If you paint, tape down paper to prevent curling

         Pastels for backgrounds or large areas only and they will need


         Clean-up

         Storage of Projects


    See Rubric    Student self assessment

Online Activity: Graffiti Creator http://www.graffiticreator.net/ also see
Graffiti Generator (this is full of Yahoo ads)

Keith Haring Links page:

Art Crimes the Writing on the Wall.
Best Graffiti sites (check before using with kids):

Mr. Wiggles http://www.mrwiggles.biz/id171.htm
Site has graffiti lessons and alphabets (several different styles of letters).
You can not save the alphabet images to file, but can probably print them

New York Street Art:
Check images before using with kids.

José Parlá http://www.joseparla.com/ Paintings, graffiti art. Parlá now lives
in New York City.

Artist who uses spray paint - Paco Rosic Aerosol Art

Bansky - http://www.banksy.co.uk/menu.html

"Clean Graffiti" -

Basquiat -

Graffiti Exhibit - http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/graffiti/

Extra credit: Keith Haring – symbolism worksheet - Extra credit tag for our

Suggestions from Pam Stephens:

For those of you who are contemplating a lesson or unit of study concerning
graffiti, I encourage you to go beyond the idea of vandalism (tagging). There
is a wide variety of serious artists whose work is considered graffiti, but it
takes the concept to a deeper level.

Also consider that the media of graffiti can include much more than spray
paint. One artist uses a sock to wipe away dirt and grime to create
wonderful images. Others use stencil methods with temporary and
permanent media (charcoal or paint).

Look for meaning or artistic intent and the develop a strong lesson around

The ethics and aesthetics of graffiti are a bounty for any classroom
discussion/exploration. Just the idea of trying to define graffiti is interesting.
Is it art? High art? Low art? Something else?
                     The Principles of Design Self Evaluation
                            Graffiti Tag Name Design

Name ____________________________________________                period _______

1. Was your design objective (a recognizable subject) or non-objective (just a

2. Which kind of balance did you use?

Symmetrical (equal on both sides)      Asymmetrical (informal placement)
Radial (from a center point)

3. Circle two other principles of design you think you showed in your tag

       Proportion (size)            Emphasis (one part stands out)       Variety

      Rhythm (movement)              Pattern (repeating)                 Unity (goes

4. Tell/describe how you used the two principles or how they show in your

Principle #1: ________________________________________________________________


Principle #2: __________________________________________________________________


How do you feel about the following? (circle one for #5 and #6)

5. Craftsmanship –   neatly done         average         improvement is
possible  up-grade is suggested

6. Use of Class Time -     worked every day        average     limited     not

7. Outcome: How do you like your tag? Describe what you learnt and re-tell
your process.


8. Is there anything you would do differently or change?


9. Tell me what your “tag” stands for or the meaning behind your symbol:



Turn in this form with your project to the basket



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