I am an assistant teacher for a class in the early college program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The class is called Art and Street Culture and a number of the students who chose the class were drawn to the description offered in the course catalogue:
What are the differences and similarities between fine art, graffiti art, and street art? Many contemporary artists have discovered that people engage their work differently at street level than on the walls of a gallery. Working in the School?s studios and on Chicago?s streets, you will explore historical and current trends related to art and the urban experience. The class will travel to a variety of locations in Chicago to see and learn about how trained and self-taught artists engage with their communities and approach, interpret, and respond to their environment in the forms of large-scale murals, graffiti, zines, flyers, and other visual interventions. You will also explore issues including artist anonymity, social justice, street art as performance, use of found imagery, and how to be subversive without breaking the law. Discussions about the work of contemporary artists such as Barry McGee, Swoon, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Lady Pink will provide context for the work you will make. While primarily a drawing and painting class, you may choose to work in a variety of media and forms following your own personal interests.
The photo’s shown here are from our visit to Pilsen. We viewed a number of murals in the neighborhood, and the students interacted with a number of pieces by creating tape installations.
I will continue to post pictures from the class!