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ONE DAY PROJECTS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS

Guerilla MicroMurals

Matt Milkowski
with students at Kenwood Academy, Chicago

Challenge:
Students secretly install tiny, site-specific drawings around
the school using contact paper and transfer techniques.

Materials: Sharpies, clear (not frosted) contact paper, scissors

Process:
• Teacher introduces class site-specific street art (where image cleverly interacts with wall or support. e.g. a crack on a wall might become the mouth of a creature).
• Students work in groups to find unique, hard to reach sites for their micro-murals.
• Students work on site to draw imagery with sharpie on contact paper that somehow interacts with the wall/object that supports it.
• Rough cut around the drawing to reduce unnecessary negative space glare.
• Install by applying firmly to wall.

Lesson Expansion:
• Involve entire school by providing treasure maps of micro-murals.
• Offer incentives for students/teachers who find all before they are taken down. Consider “warning” school in advance of incoming art infestation using sarcastic flyers and handouts in teacher mailboxes.