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Communicating in Public Spaces

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

100 minutes
Two 50-minute sessions
Primary subjects: 
Arts, Civics and Government, Environmental Education
1, 2
Average: 4.8 (5 votes)

In this lesson, students explore the damaging effects that graffiti has on public spaces and the value sanctioned public art can bring to a community space. They view a presentation in which they see several powerful pictures of both graffiti and sanctioned art and assess how they feel in response to each. Then they share photos of their favorite public spaces and see how they feel about those spaces after classmates cover the photos with graffiti. In the second session, students learn that the difference between sanctioned public art and graffiti is respect for the space. They explore the concept of respect and then work together to create for the school a mural that encourages the school community to respect its public spaces.

Key objectives for students
Define graffiti.
Explain the difference between graffiti and public art.
Describe the impact of graffiti and public art have on public spaces.
Identify positive ways to communicate thoughts and feelings with art.
Explain why respect is important when it comes to public spaces.
Secondary subjects
Reading or Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages
Public space, graffiti, public art, vandalism, first impression, visual, visual pollution, Expression, property, responsibility, Consequences, respect, Communicate
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship
Curiosity, Empathy, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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