Eighth graders learned about graffiti and its influence on artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. We had a group discussion about the cultural significance of how graffiti has evolved from an illegal form of street art, to a wildly popular and financially lucrative genre of art that is found in museums and galleries around the world. Our discussion of graffiti art, particularly that of Basquiat, also brought up interesting topics such as whether or not art has to be beautiful or decorative. Additionally, an important topic that we touched on was the role of politics and socioeconomics in art, as many graffiti artists such as Shepherd Fairey create work that responds directly to world events.
Then, they researched and wrote about different graffiti styles. Finally, they created their own graffiti tags.