The reactions to the project introduction were pretty entertaining. I got a lot of "graffiti? Mr. Masse's kidding." There were also many heads that were not previously engaged that snapped to attention once I mentioned the word graffiti.
I emphasized that graffiti itself isn't bad- when done with skill it is quite beautiful, it's when it's done without permission of the property owner that you run into legal trouble. We looked at how graffiti artists use color and line to give their work a 3d quality.
To start we created a 3d looking setting using perspective for a bench. Students were required to add at least one other setting element. I modeled how to draw numerous items you could see in the city.
Then we practiced taking a word and giving it more character. After they practiced students added their word to the setting.
This week they will add color to the text and the setting. I can't wait to see what they look like when finished!