Moving into the Art Unit

Consider the things we’ve discussed to this point –

Consider the art around you…

As you think about the assignment you will present…

Below is a shortened version of your assignment distributed in class.

Guerilla art is a fun and stealthy way of sharing your vision with the world. It is a method of art making which entails leaving anonymous art pieces in public places. It can be done for a variety of reasons, to make a statement, to share your ideas, to foster discussion within a community, to send out good karma, or just for fun. Guerilla artists often have a belief in the importance of making art without attachment to the outcome. They do something that has nothing to do with making money, listening to the ego, or earning praise.


Consider Guerilla art as one option for your assignment.

Remember, that this is not the time for the philosophical discussion suggesting all is art.  To turn in a rock, or to do a stick drawing is not going to cut it.  Your purpose is to create art that will inspire thought in individuals.  What thoughts you hope to inspire is up to you.


Now, it is unacceptable for you do anything illegal, inappropriate, potentially life-threatening, or possibly preventing the learning of others. Though this isn’t the place for mischief, there is something wonderfully interesting about provoking thought by leaving some form of art in public places.


Possible Formats  

Sidewalk chalk         Sticker art                  Object leave behinds (money, gifts, junk)
Flyers/posters           Painting/drawing     Performance Art (theatre, music, mime, etc.)

Public Art Display Project Rubric  [these will earn a failing grade for Display]

Is displayed publicly

Disrupts the learning of others

Interacts with the intended audience


Reflects an investment of time, thought

Causes damage or leaves a mess for others to clean

Breaks school rules or creates a dangerous situation

Is purposeful in content and presentation Does not get noticed by a substantial # of people

Art Evaluations: Written Plan    /25      Display     /50     Reflection    /50

Reflection ideas:  a) How did people react to/interact with your art?  b) What did you learn (about self, peers, art, artists) by doing the project? c) How would you do things differently? [2+ pg] due on  Final

Quality Reflections include specific examples including at least one example of public art  in their analysis.


Your Art assignment is as follows:  Create some form of art and display it in a public place.

ALL   ART   INSTALLATIONS   MUST   BE   APPROVED in plan form by Wednesday, 6/1.

Your art may be anonymous; you will need to install your display before the end of class on 6/3.

You will need to evaluate others interacting with your art.  If no one sees it… not good.

You will need to tell Mr. Braman where your art is located so it can be observed, & evaluated.

You will be evaluated on:

the thought invested into your written plan [due Wednesday, 6/1] the observations and reflections you make as others interact with your art when they see it on Thursday.

the art you create – Does it get noticed?  Does it have a deliberate intent or message?  Is it a quality effort? Did you manage it appropriately?  Did others misuse it?  Did you prevent harm?

Is the installation completed by EOC?  Is the location appropriate? Did you avoid brick?

the cleanup – [Is your art taken down by 2:30 on Friday 6/3?]


During IB Testing

I hope that you have an opportunity to focus on the tests you need to take.  I have structured the class so that you will not have significant makeup work to do.  The ONLY film you must view is the Minority Report.  I will try to find a day to show the film at Skyline to help you.  Date and time to follow.  You should take notes on the central question – (When) Do the ends justify the means?  Machiavelli would certainly have a view on this question.

The films we have watched to date include:

  1. Of Mice and Men
  2. Minority Report – this is the only REQUIRED viewing (take notes too!)
  3. A Man for All Seasons
  4.  The Fog of War
  5.  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly