In my last post here on the blog I told you the story about how I came to teach street art for a living. I promised that I would elaborate a little on the subject of teaching kids about and how to do street art.
WORKSHOPS AND CITYWALKS
Streetheart does workshops and citywalks for both kids and grown ups. The things we share when we teach are essentially the same wether it be us talking to 4-year-olds or sixtysomethings. We adapt our language to the group we have in front of us, but nevertheless the main story is always the same: Art in the streets provides a perfect condition for meeting art on an everyday basis, which again is a good thing because it helps us reconnect with our surroundings and fellow-beings.
PLAY WITH THE CITY
When we develop our citywalks and workshops we always do so with playfulness in mind. Street Art is more about playing with the city's natural element and sometimes turning things upside down then about breaking the law. In the ability to see things through the goggles of a street artist who interacts with their city lies an enormous potential of learning how to think outside the box.
LEARNING THROUGH DIALOGUE
We ask about a million questions when we are out on our citywalks and base the whole idea of teaching on an continual dialogue between us and the students. We believe that by letting the kids contribute with their own perspective on what we're trying to make clear about art in the streets, it has a much larger chance at actually sticking with them after we have left. There are neever any right or wrong answers but we do have point that we're trying to reach with each stop we make.
VOICES OF THE CITY
A city consists of so many voices trying to speak in unison fighting to be heard. Streetnames, traffic signs, commercials, posters, people, cars, bikes, the wind, the sun and so on. We have to shut down to all unecessary information in order to get some sort of peace of min as citydwellers and in this movement we shut out the possibility of meeting art in the streets. So we try to share with the students some of the history behind the different genres in street art, while at the same time we try to get them to recognize themselves as a part of the voices of the city.
All our workshops are inspired by the generousity of street art. We challenge the kids to see the world with the eyes of a street artist and to play and challenge the ideas we stick to because it feels safe stay inside the box. We do stencils, pasteups, hama bead graffiti, cardboard art and tape art with older kids and for the younger ones we work with paste ups, eyebombing, found art, land art and chalk.
INTRODUCING Y)UNGER KIDS TO STREET ART:
- Plan an excursion to a place in the city where you'll be able to find street art of any sort.
- Tell the kids your going on a treasure hunt and explain that the treasures are little artworks left behind by kind strangers.
- Talk about what imagination is.
- Tell them that now you will turn on their imagaination by installing an invisible button in their forehead. Everyone gets one all adults included.
- Bring drinks and snacks in a backpack and keep your eyes open for all things big or small - stickers, pasteups, stencils, graffiti etc.
- Encourage the kids to look for places where others have used their imagination.
- Enjoy watching them rock at this game more than you.
Inmy next post. I will tell you more about ways you can make your own street art with the kids, to put up in your own city.