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Monday, March 23, 2015

Día a día: a Spanish textbook that presents Latin American Street Art

by Ann Abbott
Your students will enjoy street art examples.
When you think of street art, what do you think of?

Do you think of Banksy, who is famous world-wide? (Here's a short video in Spanish about Bansky.)

Do you think of graffiti? That word has both positive and negative connotations. Which way do you feel about it? (Here's a short video in Spanish about "El arte de ser grafitero.")

Do you think of tagging? When you see word-based graffiti with a special signature, do you think that's art? Or do you think it's blight?

Perhaps a more important questions is: what do your students think about street art? I bet that your students are already aware of street art, especially Banksy. And even if they aren't, the creativity of street art, its brevity, and its ability to pack a punch with simple images is very appealing to people of all ages.

That's why we included a video in Día a día about street art in Costa Rica: ¨El arte callejero convierte la ciudad en galería¨. You can find it in Chapter 5, p. 210. (The video is accessible online.)

Extra resources

On Pinterest you can find hundreds of images of street art from around the world. But you don't have to search for them yourself. I follow Catherine Maudet (@maudetboo), and she has a wonderful Pinterest board titled "Street art-gustos míos." 


How could you use this resource?
  • For the class warm-up, quickly flash through some of the images then ask students what adjectives they would use to describe them. Or flash through five images, and ask students to tell you which one was their favorite (they tell you the number).
  • As previewing activity, ask students to group images into two categories and then explain the impact: universal messages versus location-specific messages; black and white images versus color; images that incorporate an environmental element (a hole in the bricks, peeling paint, fire hydrant, tree, shadow, etc.) versus those that don't.
  • As a post-viewing activity, ask students to scan the images for inspiration then look carefully around the classroom (or outside of it if you can take your students out), and think about original images that would be relevant to their learning space.
Have fun with it!

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