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Step 1: Introduce Daily Objective

The purpose of today’s lesson is for students to investigate and connect with new artists on their own. You’ll give them instructions along the way.

 

Step 2: Question of the Day

Who are the best street artists today? How do hear about them OR find them? 

Students might talk about social media, articles on the internet, word of mouth, etc. 

Do they know of any famous graffiti artists, muralists, or other street performers? (maybe even seen them on TV)

 

Step 3: Artist search

Remind them of today’s goal – connecting with a real artist! 

This starts with a little research. Challenge them to find 3 different street artists from Spanish-speaking countries that are interesting to them. 

Jot down some basic info about them and find a few pictures/videos or their work so you can share back with the class.

Research Tips:

It helps to start with a Google search like “The best tattoo artist in Berlin” or “The top muralists from Austria”

Once they have found a specific name they can start to look for profiles on social media, webpages, fan pages, wikipedia in Spanish, YouTube,  ect.

OPTIONAL: Do an informal share-back in small groups. “I found a snow sculpture artist from Germany named ______. He builds… and has been doing this since 2009.”

 What type of artists were most popular?

 

Step 4: Contact the artists

Talk about a good message. What should it include? What would make an artist want to respond to you?

Compliments – Encourage them to avoid really generic compliments like “I like your work”. Be more specific… “I love the mural that you painted in Berlin in 2015 named _______ .”

Questions – If you can Google it and find the answer, it probably isn’t a good question. What’s something more personal?

Formality – Dear Sir vs. What’s up, dude? Tu vs. usted? Have them look for other communication from the artist to see what language they tend to use.

Step 5: Wait for responses 

 I tried to finish messages on a Friday so we could have the weekend to wait for responses. I also told my classes that the first person to get a response back wins lunch! If they did, they screenshot the message and we checked the timestamp to find the winner. 

Not all students got message back, but usually 25% did. They loved the experience and the whole class was excited to see who would get a response! 

Check for Learning – Success or Failure?

Allow students to share their experience with a short reflection (or write about it). It’s okay if they didn’t get a response. Real life… sometimes we don’t hear back from jobs we applied to or interviewed for. What might they do differently next time? 

For the ones with a response… Have them show the class a screenshot of the message they received. What was the best thing they learned? Should they have asked a better question? Learn any new words?

NOTE: I would never recommend YOU call anyone’s work a failure, and you may choose to your own wording. The big idea is for them to learn that some things they do will work and sometimes they won’t! Both success and failure is a part of life. Learn from failure, adapt what you can, and try again. 

 

 

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