Graffiti Sketchbook Covers

Composition and Marker Techniques


In this unit, students will create sketchbook covers while learning about graffiti as art-form, symbolism, including text into artwork, composition, and color.  We will begin the unit looking at several artists who use graffiti as an art-form, and look at differences between “artful” graffiti and simple tagging.  We will look at the different kinds of fonts that graffiti artists use, and begin to think about how to create one.  After brainstorming ideas for things that make them unique, students will learn about symbols and create at least three symbols to be used in their artwork.  Students will then review and discuss elements of a good composition, and create several ideas (thumbnail sketches) for their final piece, before starting on their final sketchbook cover.


Idea Development Design Personal Choice Studio Skills Craftsmanship
My tag includes patterns, textures, or changes in colors. My graffiti include my tag filling the page. My graffiti uses markers neatly, so that there are no white spots, and no large areas of one color. I showed effort and risk taking in making my graffiti.
My graffiti includes 3 symbols that I created. My symbols are big so that they overlap or are cropped.
My graffiti includes an interesting background. My graffiti has an interesting composition through cropping.
My graffiti has an interesting composition through overlapping.
My graffiti has colors that are balanced and contrast the background.



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