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Elizabeth Lukes

6.11- Banksy- Social Issues in Art II Part 1

Grades: 6th Grade
Subjects: Art

Student Instructions

Banksy is a modern and anonymous, England-based street artist and political activist. His most famous mural is “Girl with Balloon.” Banksy’s “Girl with Balloon” became his highest paid work, which sold at auction. During the live auction, Banksy’s work began to self-destruct and shred! Banksy built a shredder into the frame of the work. It is the first live artwork at an auction, and is considered to be more valuable now that it has been shredded. First- Watch the video provided. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmlQw_9N0mc Think about the symbolism of the balloon. Is the child letting the balloon go on purpose? Did she give the balloon as a gift to the world? Is there hope that she might catch the balloon? In the midst of everything, like the balloon, we have had to let go of things, to stay safe and properly social distance. Schools have gone hybrid and remote. Restaurants have been modified. Many people are working from home. Despite all of these changes, we still have hope. Banksy writes on his mural, “There is always hope.” What gives you hope? Your family? Doctors and health care workers? Your teachers at school? Think about something that gives you hope. NOTE: This is a TWO day project. Today you are completing day 1. Directions: 1. Think above the above questions about the symbolism of the balloon, and what gives you hope. 2. Type a note in Seesaw about your response to what gives you hope. 3. In your note, describe/brainstorm 2 ideas for what you could draw for a mural about hope. 4. If you would like to pre-sketch your mural, you may do a quick doodle.