Gloria Talamantes

Class site: Richards

Class tittle: Deep Sliced Chicago

Lesson Description

Digital Collage Making Zine Making Painting Storytelling Documenting Researching Critically thinking about housing issues in the student's neighborhood


Students will gain perspective as to how housing and other social issues are interconnected and affect everyone in the community. They will learn how to digitally create collages and learn how to use snapchat as a tool for layout. They’ll learn how to use color and different painting techniques with spraypaint and acrylic. Learn research and documenting strategies to reference when working on projects. They will make a zine that will document the process of the collage, public art and research.

Summary of projects

1. Fieldtrips ( Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago History Museum, Ask BYNC for Housing Info)
2. Watch videos on the subject
3. Site visits of the boarded homes we will be working on
4. Use snapchat to create collages
5. Write down information regarding the project ( will be used in zine storytelling)
6. Prepare to paint on building/s
7. Paint 2 boar-ups or 1 building wall

The small projects are relevant to the class because the students practice a full process that helps them prepare for the larger scale painting project. Smaller projects get perfected if the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor painting.

The projects support other student art assignments like the carving of organic shapes and nature themed work. This in particular helps the students understand nature and their neighborhood’s access to it or lack thereof.

The projects also use known tools and techniques that have already been developed into their previous assignments.

Furthermore, painting outdoors allows for discourse on graffiti making, it’s purpose, the opportunities and the critical thinking of the graffiti/hip hop culture’s tendencies.

The projects are also open to collaboration and opportunities to co-create and being inclusive with other members/youth in their community.

Week One:

Watch videos on Media Burn pertaining to Back of the Yards

Goin’ to Chicago.

Boris Ross #1

[stockyards footage]

In group breakout sessions use historical facts to find inspiration on possible Snapchat stickers to use in a design to apply on boarded up houses.

Discuss discoveries about the area and begin to connect abandoned housing to the decline of area jobs and other social benefactors.

Week Two:

Create Snapchat ideas and combine into a iVideo

Use the video for students to share out and critique peer ideas and work

Week 3:
Prepare Stencils (if necessary) to begin the process of painting on the board-ups.

Print Snapchat Ideas on paper for actualizing idea and planning

Begin painting board ups applying sticker shapes/ideas collecting in week 1

Document the process of the steps.

Before During After footage or photos.

Week 4:

Continue painting and wrap up project.

Combine documented photos in order and put into ivideo format to present.

Week 5:

Referrencing Media Burn Videos create a future story about Back of the Yards board up houses.

Use the story to begin a zine that will be used to support the project.

Materials and Equipment

paper, paint, spraypaint, phone, pencils, markers, stencil papers, scissors, x-acto, large photo copy paper, magazines, camera, printer, projector for final.

What are

Chicago Slices Public Housing Segregation Chicago Thrive Zone Initiatives Abandoned Buildings Socio-Emotional Health

Art discourse best practices

Students should be aware of the urban blight, understand intentional divestment in their communities and basic information about development and some neighborhood history. Ask open ended questions without projecting instructors own opinion. Critical thinking with reference information to back up opinions with facts. Community interaction and socializing with neighbors of boarded up houses. Documenting reactions of the community