|Lionel Hampton Fine Arts & Performing High School|
Part 1: CONSTRUCT (1 hour engagement and activity)
Students work together to construct a public mural assemblage that introduces The Demandment assignment and sparks dialogue within the classroom.
- Print out large-scale mural (approximately 8'x10') (sixty-four 11"x 8.5" sheets of paper = 10’x 8’)
- Piece together the puzzle row-by-row using tape or a stapler.
- Hang the mural in a visible place such as the lunchroom or the gym.
- Visit website to discuss assignment.
Printable Mural PDF (color)
Printable Mural PDF (black & white)
|The Demandments Mural Kit|
Part 2: CREATE (3 - 4 hours discussions, engagement, and art making)
Students create their own Demandments, individually or in groups, using a variety of disciplines to express chosen issues.
- ART HISTORY: Discuss art history and social art. (15 min)
- ASSIGNMENT FORMAT: Pick assignment format. (5 min)
- BRAINSTORM: Find an issue.* (30 min)
- RESEARCH: Investigate your idea.* (30 min)
- DESIGN DEMANDMENTS: Write, design*, and create Demandments (1-2 hours)
1. ART HISTORY (15 min discussion)
Discuss the ways that art is used to promote change.
SUPPLIES - Online search and books
WEBSITE PAGES - Visit our Art History page (doc) and Social Art page
2. ASSIGNMENT FORMAT (5 min)
Shape the assignment in a way that speaks to the student's interest
- POSTER ART
- SELFIES: create self-portraits and add a personal demand in a text bubble.
- LANDSCAPE: draw a landscape that has a billboard in it with a personal message.
- STOP SIGN: use the symbol of a stop sign to show the public what should stop.
- T-SHIRT DESIGN: design a demand on a tshirt. Use fabric paint, iron-on, or heat trasfer.
- MAKE A MASK: start with a paper bag and make it talk by adding a speech bubble.
- MAKE A PSA (Public Service Announcement): create a 30 second video using letters.
- WRITE A SHORT STORY: construct a 5 page book and fill it with a story of a demand.
- CONSTRUCT A PAPER HAT: display a demand proudly
- CREATE DEMANDS ON THE SIDEWALK: use chalk effectively for others to see
|Worksheets to aid in facilitating ideas|
3. BRAINSTORM, FINDING AN ISSUE (30 min)
- Individually, make a list of important issues.
- Gather as a class or in small groups to discuss their lists of issues.
- Each student or group chooses one issue to focus on.
- Create a Demandment inspired by this issue.
SUPPLIES - Sketchbooks, pencils, dictionary, and thesaurus.
WORKSHEET - Print student Brainstorming Worksheet (Basic or Advanced)
WEBSITE PAGE - Visit our Themes and Issues page or print a 5 page doc
|Art Educator Brooke Dierkhising brainstorming session.|
4. CONDUCT RESEARCH (30 min to 1 hour)
- REFERENCE MATERIAL: Examine online, news, magazines, books, film, and social media.
- POINT OF VIEW: Explore the different sides to the issue, opinions.
- COMBINE CLASSES: Use several subjects, such as writing, history, and social studies.
- INTERVIEWS: Contact local professionals and organizations.
WORKSHEET - Print student Research Worksheet (Basic or Advanced)
|Madelaina, Morning program, grades 1-4|
5. DESIGN DEMANDMENTS (2 hours)
- WHAT IT SAYS: Learn about word phrases, tone and voice.
- THE LOOK: Imagine the size and the medium.
- THE STYLE: Learn about topography, color, composition, mark-making.
- SHARE: Group discussions.
SUPPLIES - art supplies, any type of drawing utensils (pencils, charcoal, paints, brushes) paper.
Tape, scissors, and glue if needed.
WORKSHEET - Print student Design Worksheet (Basic or Advanced)
|Southside Family Charter School, Minneapolis, MN|
An exhibition of students’ Demandments. A public display to empower and uplift the voices of students.
SUPPLIES: a place, an event, and invitations to bring awareness to the issues that students deem important.
- Exhibit original artwork.
- Arrange The Demandments in themes or age groups.
- Reproduce artwork as flyers, banners, flags, or posters to hang in public places.
- Create a billboard or mural.
- Approach a local gallery or university to exhibit the work.
- Auction off the artwork to jump-start and raise funds for a campaign for change.
- Show a digital slideshow in public or online.
|Girl Scout Cadette Troop 20112|
Part 4: CONTRIBUTE (30 mins)
Students contribute their Demandments, and share solutions, on our website and become involved in a diverse, virtual educational platform.
- Email Digital jpegs
- Use WeTransfer as an option
- Include information to use for credit: Name of school, student first name, age, or grade.
- Share solutions, organizations, ideas, and/or inspirational items.
Sending photos permits the right for online use.
|Richard Edwards Elementary School, Chicago, IL|
Part 5: CHANGE
Students select a community issue to address by introducing ways to solve it.
SUPPLIES - Signage, social media, and the ability to communicate a mission and determination to put into practice all the acquired knowledge.
WORKSHEET - Mission Planning Worksheet (Basic or Advanced)
WEBSITE PAGES - Visit our Action page and our Solutions page
Examples of solutions that students can enact:
- Plant a garden.
- Help the local elderly and war veterans.
- Create a recipe book to learn about the foods and different backgrounds of the student body.
- Volunteer at a local shelter.
- Work for healthier food service.
- Get involved with protecting the local environment.
- Start a bicycling club or book club.
- Establish a program that encourages the learning of another culture.
- Create a photo project for students to share their home life and unique lifestyles.
- Get involved and support a national organization.
- A drive for art supplies
- Select a global issue that affects many.