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Community Creativity with Street Art and iPad.
In our local community (Cork, Ireland) we have some incredible street artists who have for the past number of years been creating street art and murals across our city.
When completing my Apple Teacher Portfolio last year I was wondering how we could make this into a classroom activity and last year trialed it with a few classes using an image of a blank advertising space in our community.
Students used this blank space with their favourite drawing app to create advertisements for tourism in their community.
Beginner - Photos or Keynote with Markup. Keynote shapes are great for students who may not be as confident at drawing.
Intermediate - Sketches School or Procreate.
Goal of this assessment is to introduce students to drawing while creating a school mural or a piece of street art based on their school vales.
These might include community, creativity, environment, inclusion.
When doing this I like to provide creative references for students.
In Cork our local reference would be Ardú Street Art. These have been a great creative asset to our community.
One such collaboration is below and was a culmination of workshops with St Vincent’s Secondary school and celebrates young women who lived in the area 100 years ago as well as today.
Creativity is not limited to a flat wall or blank space and can also take the form of various painted structures.
This summer I have also visited other communities to see the art their schools have created. One example being the 'Boyertown Bears' in collaboration with Bear Fever which are at home in Boyertown, Philadelphia. The collection has over 70 bears scattered across the town with creative contributions from their local elementary, high school and youth club students.
In the past I have also visited the LBI Clams in New Jersey created in conjunction with Reclam the Bay an initiative who's mission is to work with local academics to educate the public and restock a decimated shellfish population.
Now returning for our final example. Local schools in my hometown paint reindeers statues each Christmas. Each primary school is given a reindeer to design and it is always something to look forward to when their annual creations are revealed.
So to leave you with some questions. Does your community have a creative space where students can contribute to art? If they do please share examples in the comments. If consider this creative activity.
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