If you could create art on the street to spread a message, what would it be?
Find or create an image and/or text that symbolizes something (or someone) you believe in. Then visit the Stencil Graffiti Creator to generate a virtual stenciled version of your image. Send it to us via Twitter with a message about what your image represents. You can even stencil a meme! We'll post selections here on Edspace.
Stencil art makes use of a paper, cardboard, or other media to create an image or text that is easily reproducible. The desired design is cut out of the selected medium and then the image is transferred to a surface using spray paint. The process of stenciling involves applying paint over a stencil to form an image on a surface below. Sometimes multiple layers of stencils are used on the same image to add colors or create the illusion of depth.
Those who make and apply stencils have many motivations. For some, it is an easy method to produce a political message. Many artists appreciate the publicity that their artwork can receive, and some just want their work to be seen in an accessible venue. Since the stencil stays uniform throughout its use, it is easier for an artist to quickly replicate what could be a complicated piece at a very quick rate, when compared to other conventional street art methods.
Mike Shine is a Bay Area artist who uses stencils to contribute to his ongoing narrative about carnival characters. Recently, he has used his large-scale stencils to create permanent murals in San Francisco. In the video below, Making Stencils with Mike Shine, you will see his son create an image of a flying pig. This video will help you create your own paper stencils so that you can start spreading your message or homage all over town. Remember to be respectful and only use your stencils in permitted places, such as on your own notebooks and t-shirts.
KQED Arts Education and a group of local educators just completed our second annual "Digital Portraits" course for educators. Last year, we studied California artist Robert Arneson's approach portraiture and created short, autobiographical films (Check out last year's assignment and two of the films in the Edspace archive).
This summer, the artist we looked to for inspiration was none other than Cindy Sherman, who has a retrospective on view at SFMOMA through October 2012. Sherman has been called one of the most important artists of our time and was featured on Art:21. She is known for using herself as a model to create photographic portraits of women who do not represent the artist, but personas and characters she creates. Continue reading »
The yearly Young At Art Festival is a living portfolio for the ongoing work of the San Francisco Unified School District's Arts Education Master Plan, showcasing work in the visual and performing arts by students K-12. During the week of Young At Art, numerous arts based professional development workshops designed specially for teachers, principals, and Arts Coordinators are presented on site and in direct connection with student work being showcased.
This past school year, 50 eleventh- and twelfth-graders at San Francisco’s Burton High School started tweeting in class for the first time.
Many were familiar with Twitter and some use it on a daily basis, but never for school. As in most instances, there’s a major disconnect between the role of social media in their lives outside school — where they use Twitter and Facebook to chat with friends, and update their status — and what happens at Burton. This class also demonstrates what recent studies have shown: that a large majority of kids have cell phones, even if they come from low-income families. In these two classes, 90% of students had cell phones, and 63% qualify for free or reduced lunch.
But the fact that they were tweeting in class was enough to get them excited in the project. The video below looks at the impact of KQED Do Now, a weekly activity for high school students that engages them in topical issues using Twitter, with these students and their teacher Wendy Berkelman.
MythBusters host Adam Savage has a thing or two to say about the importance of tinkering — even if that means it gets messy.
“If you don’t get a chance to fail, if you don’t get a chance to try things and not get them right the first time, and you keep on doing it until you do get that specific kind of success, then you become so risk-averse that you in fact get an allergy to trying new things. And that is the worst thing we can do to kids.”
At Maker Faire last weekend, Savage spoke about how the “maker culture” is the engine that will fuel kids’ love for — and excelling in — math and science.
Here’s to that maker spirit!
Produced by Joanne Elgart Jennings and Matthew Williams. Photos in the video by Patrick Giblin.
For the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, Spark-featured artist Stephanie Syjuco created an expansive shop of souvenirs produced in a monochrome palette: the memorable orange hue of the Golden Gate Bridge. Working with the same paint used to keep the bridge looking fresh, Syjuco's installation features all things reddish-orange: teacups, jewelry, postcards and tchotchkes that are surprisingly not for sale, but presented together as a conceptual art installation. This project contributes to the artist's oeuvre, which instigates dialogue about consumerism and our natural desire for objects and mementos.
KQED Do Now this week looked at the popularity of memes and LOL Cats and asked whether they are art or not. It was an excellent conversation thanks to the great members of the KQED Do Now advisory board and all of their students. People also shared their favorites and even created new ones, some that have a historical message based on what they are learning in their social studies courses. Look at some the great comments below.
This week, KQED's Arts & Media education team descended upon the University of California's Arts, Media & Entertainment curriculum institute (UCCI), which "brings together educators from around the state to collaborate on the creation of model high school courses that anchor traditional academic learning in real-world experience."
We are working with teachers, observing their curriculum design sessions, and sharing resources and tools for integrating media-rich projects into their courses, which cover a range of topics including media production, theater, and writing.
The painting above seems to comment about ecological systems and the environment, but what do you think it is saying? Look at it closely and make connections between what you see, how it makes you feel, and what it makes you think about. There is no right or wrong answer.
Reading a piece of contemporary art is simple and fun, like solving a puzzle. All it takes is a bit of observation, attention to detail, and sensitivity to your own gut feelings and reactions. The best part about art is that it asks questions, but there is never one right answer. Art speaks to us as individuals, and our own personal histories inform our interpretations just as much as the artists’ intentions for the work.