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Project for Key Stage 3 (11-14) students - particular focus on boys in year 9

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  • Graffiti Exercises

  • Graffi

    ti Proj

    ectS

    om

    e b

    ack

    gro

    un

    d r

    ead

    ing.

    ..G

    raffi

    ti ar

    t do

    esn'

    t ju

    st m

    ean

    art

    we

    see

    spra

    yed

    on

    wal

    ls. I

    n fa

    ct, g

    raffi

    ti ar

    t ha

    s su

    ch s

    tron

    g ch

    arac

    teri

    stic

    s th

    at it

    's ea

    sy t

    o sp

    ot t

    hem

    eve

    ryw

    here

    - in

    sch

    ools

    , on

    side

    wal

    ks, o

    n bi

    cycl

    es, o

    n au

    tom

    obile

    s, on

    ska

    tebo

    ards

    an

    d on

    tex

    tboo

    ks, j

    ust

    to n

    ame

    a fe

    w e

    xam

    ples

    .

    Gra

    ffiti

    art

    has

    a lo

    ose

    feel

    abo

    ut it

    . The

    re a

    re n

    o st

    rict

    rul

    es t

    o cr

    eatin

    g gr

    affit

    i art

    , exc

    ept

    a fe

    w

    dist

    inct

    cha

    ract

    eris

    tics

    that

    alw

    ays

    mak

    e gr

    affit

    i art

    ap

    pear

    sty

    lish.

    Let

    's se

    e w

    hat

    thos

    e ch

    arac

    teri

    stic

    s ar

    e.

    Firs

    t, gr

    affit

    i art

    are

    usu

    ally

    loos

    e fo

    rms.

    But

    thes

    e fo

    rms

    are

    usua

    lly ju

    st c

    lear

    eno

    ugh

    to r

    epre

    sent

    wha

    t th

    ey're

    sup

    pose

    d to

    rep

    rese

    nt. T

    he s

    hape

    s ar

    e lo

    osel

    y cr

    eate

    d, a

    nd t

    he s

    ubje

    cts

    over

    lap

    one

    anot

    her

    in a

    ra

    ther

    ran

    dom

    man

    ner.

    Hig

    hlig

    hts

    are

    appl

    ied

    to t

    he

    imag

    e if

    need

    ed b

    ut a

    gain

    , the

    se a

    re lo

    osel

    y ap

    plie

    d.

    Seco

    nd, t

    exts

    are

    usu

    ally

    vis

    ible

    , and

    dra

    wn

    in a

    n em

    boss

    ed m

    anne

    r th

    at g

    ives

    a 3

    D im

    pres

    sion

    . The

    se

    text

    s us

    ually

    form

    a fe

    w w

    ords

    or

    a sh

    ort

    phra

    se, a

    nd

    mak

    es u

    p a

    part

    of t

    he e

    ntir

    e gr

    affit

    i art

    wor

    k.

    And

    fina

    lly, g

    raffi

    ti ar

    t is

    usu

    ally

    cre

    ated

    with

    a w

    ide

    vari

    ety

    of c

    olor

    s. Br

    ight

    and

    lum

    inou

    s co

    lors

    like

    red

    , or

    ange

    , yel

    low

    , gre

    en a

    nd b

    lue

    are

    pref

    erre

    d. T

    here

    's lit

    tle o

    r no

    inte

    ntio

    n fo

    r co

    lor

    harm

    ony

    and

    the

    goal

    he

    re is

    to

    crea

    te a

    daz

    zlin

    g ar

    ray

    of c

    olor

    s th

    at d

    raw

    at

    tent

    ion

    to t

    he g

    raffi

    ti ar

    t its

    elf.

    Due

    to

    thes

    e ch

    arac

    teri

    stic

    s, it'

    s no

    sur

    pris

    e th

    at w

    e se

    e so

    man

    y te

    enag

    ers

    bein

    g dr

    awn

    to g

    raffi

    ti ar

    t. Bu

    t on

    ce y

    ou r

    ecog

    nize

    the

    se c

    hara

    cter

    istic

    s, yo

    u'll

    also

    co

    me

    to u

    nder

    stan

    d th

    at it

    's no

    t al

    l tha

    t ha

    rd t

    o cr

    eate

    a p

    iece

    of g

    raffi

    ti ar

    t, ev

    en if

    you

    kno

    w li

    ttle

    ab

    out

    draw

    ing.

    For

    a st

    art,

    you

    may

    wan

    t to

    look

    up

    som

    e ta

    ttoo

    im

    ages

    * to

    use

    as

    refe

    renc

    e im

    ages

    or

    to d

    raw

    in

    spir

    atio

    n. Im

    ages

    like

    sku

    lls o

    r ro

    ses

    mak

    e gr

    eat

    subj

    ects

    for

    graf

    fiti a

    rt.

    Onc

    e yo

    u ha

    ve y

    our

    imag

    e re

    ady,

    you'

    ll ne

    ed s

    ome

    mag

    ic m

    arke

    rs a

    s w

    ell. T

    ry o

    ut t

    he s

    ame

    imag

    e us

    ing

    diffe

    rent

    col

    ors

    and

    see

    whi

    ch e

    nd r

    esul

    t yo

    u pr

    efer

    . Yo

    u m

    ay a

    lso

    wis

    h to

    add

    in s

    ome

    text

    s.

    Glit

    teri

    ng m

    arke

    rs m

    ake

    an e

    xcel

    lent

    dra

    win

    g to

    ol fo

    r gr

    affit

    i art

    . I'm

    sur

    e yo

    u'll

    have

    a lo

    t of

    fun

    with

    the

    se

    mar

    kers

    . And

    don

    't fo

    rget

    , nev

    er d

    raw

    on

    publ

    ic

    prop

    erty

    with

    out

    perm

    issi

    on!

    BR

    IEF

    In t

    hese

    tas

    ks, y

    ou w

    ill s

    tudy

    ing

    gra

    ffiti

    art

    and

    dev

    elop

    ing

    your

    und

    erst

    andi

    ng

    of t

    yp

    og

    rap

    hy

    (th

    e de

    sign

    of f

    onts

    /ty

    pefa

    ces)

    and

    how

    to

    play

    with

    sha

    pes

    to c

    reat

    e yo

    ur o

    wn

    graf

    fiti f

    ont.

    Star

    t by

    com

    plet

    ing

    som

    e of

    the

    in

    trod

    ucto

    ry t

    asks

    in t

    his

    book

    let.

    You

    w

    ill t

    hen

    be w

    orki

    ng t

    owar

    ds c

    reat

    ing

    your

    ow

    n gr

    affit

    i art

    , whi

    ch w

    ill b

    e co

    lour

    ed in

    and

    cut

    out

    , bef

    ore

    final

    ly

    bein

    g pa

    sted

    ont

    o yo

    ur p

    hoto

    copi

    ed

    wal

    l. Pr

    actic

    e yo

    ur d

    esig

    ns in

    you

    r sk

    etch

    book

    .

    Use

    the

    sup

    port

    she

    ets

    to h

    elp

    you

    with

    yo

    ur d

    esig

    n.

    Ex

    ten

    sio

    nTr

    y m

    akin

    g yo

    ur w

    all i

    nto

    a 3D

    set

    and

    ad

    ding

    pro

    ps, e

    tc..

    i.e. i

    mag

    ine

    that

    it is

    a

    skat

    eboa

    rdin

    g pa

    rk.

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    gra

    ffiti

    artis

    t th

    at is

    par

    t of

    the

    Stic

    k U

    p K

    ids

    (SU

    K)

    wor

    ldw

    ide

    wri

    ting

    crew

    an

    d ha

    s be

    en s

    pray

    pai

    ntin

    g si

    nce

    1983

    . Gra

    ffiti

    art

    is c

    lose

    ly

    asso

    ciat

    ed w

    ith m

    usic

    and

    is

    ofte

    n us

    ed t

    o cr

    eate

    bac

    kdro

    ps

    or in

    tegr

    ated

    into

    act

    ivity

    w

    orks

    hops

    dur

    ing

    fest

    ival

    s.

    Alm

    ost

    all g

    raffi

    ti ar

    tists

    will

    pr

    actic

    e th

    eir

    desi

    gns

    as

    sket

    ches

    and

    bef

    ore

    atte

    mpt

    ing

    a la

    rder

    pie

    ce o

    f wor

    k.

    Alth

    ough

    , tra

    ditio

    nally

    gra

    ffiti

    artis

    ts h

    ave

    chos

    en t

    o pa

    int

    on

    wal

    ls, a

    rtis

    ts li

    ke B

    anks

    y ha

    ve

    star

    ted

    to u

    se o

    ther

    ar

    chite

    ctur

    al s

    urfa

    ces

    to m

    ake

    polit

    ical

    and

    soc

    ial c

    omm

    ents

    ab

    out

    soci

    ety.

    Mos

    t gr

    affit

    i art

    ists

    mak

    e pe

    rson

    al t

    ags

    and

    char

    acte

    rs t

    o re

    flect

    the

    ir p

    erso

    nalit

    y an

    d un

    ique

    ness

    . Cop

    ying

    mig

    ht b

    e a

    good

    sta

    rtin

    g po

    int,

    but

    the

    ultim

    ate

    aim

    is t

    o pe

    rson

    alis

    e yo

    u