AXE 6: LA CRÉATION ET LE RAPPORT AUX ARTS
KEY QUESTION: How can art on the street broaden our horizons?
PART A: INTRODUCTION: Let's take a stroll (Allons flâner...)
Photo 1: Street Entertainer, Brick Lane Market, London
Photo 2: Poet for Hire, Southwark, Bankside, London
Photo 3: A group of dancers performing on Earlham Street, outside Cambridge Theatre, London
1. Look at the 3 photographs, describe the people and their activities.
2. What is common to all 3 photos?
3. Which form of art do you prefer? Justify.
PART B: LISTENING COMPREHENSION
Title: Upfest 2016, Street Art and Graffiti Festival crowdfunding
Listen and make an account of what you have understood in French.
Describe the event and explain the goals of the video
PART C: WILL YOU BE BANKSY-ED?
Key question: How do Banksy’s works of art constantly question art?
MISSION 1: A Secret Identity.
Look at the still and describe it. What do you know about this man?
Listen to the audio and pick out information about Banksy and his various activities.
Find out where we can usually see his artworks and explain the quote: “The world is his canvas”.
What is Banksy’s opinion on the sale of his works of art?
Arguably the most controversial street artist in the world, Banksy’s works have become a subculture in their own right. Banksy’s political statements and disruptive vision have impacted cities across the globe at vital moments in modern history, provoking alternative viewpoints and encouraging revolution in the art world. His identity remains unknown, even after more than 30 years of involvement in the global graffiti scene. His work includes powerful, often controversial images, encouraging the rapid spread of his name and work across the internet. Today, his iconic works have been re-shared and repurposed beyond measure.
Banksy began his graffiti career by admiring the works of Blek Le Rat. He often recycled the artist’s old ideas, moulding his own distinctive voice and style as he went. Initially, he was part of a graffiti crew in Bristol by the name of DryBreadZ Crew or DBZ.
At the age of 18, Banksy was nearly caught vandalizing public spaces by police. As his crew fled from the scene, Banksy was stuck hiding beneath a dustbin van. Banksy noticed stencil letters sprayed onto the truck, and, as he had been looking for a faster way to paint at the time, he decided stencilling would be his new graffiti style. Banksy’s works often take the form of multi-layered stencils combined with other media sources. He sometimes includes objects that already exist on his chosen ‘canvas,’ such as street signs and fire hydrants, to turn his work into striking street art installations. His artwork is often satirical, combining dark humour with messages about art, philosophy, and politicsBy the early 2000s, Banksy had relocated from Bristol to London, where he began to gain notoriety; but, at the same time, his international work was taking off. He soon decided to travel to Palestine and the West Bank, where he stencilled nine now-iconic images onto the newly-erected West Bank Wall, including ‘Love is in the Air.’ These images were an instant hit and exploded online.
At this time, Banksy’s silkscreen prints and stencil paintings were racking up record-breaking sales in storied art auctions such as Sotheby’s . These successful sales marked Banksy’s dramatic entry into the commercial art world.
MISSION 2: Famous artworks and controversy
Focus on Banksy’s works of art. What strikes you about them?
Describe each artwork.
Explain what messages they convey?
PART D: LISTENING COMPREHENSION:
Banksy creates street art and mystery
Watch and listen to the following video 3 times. Take notes and make an account of what you have understood in French.
PART E: Reading comprehension
Read the above blog entry and make an account of what you have understood in French.
Discover Mr Cenz's universe
THE POWER OF PUBLIC POETRY
PART F: DEBATING ON STREET ART & GRAFFITI
DEBATE: Is graffiti a vibrant urban art form or senseless vandalism?
YOUR MISSION: Dowload the pdf document "debating on graffiti", read the posts to hear from both sides of the debate.
HIGHLIGHT the positive elements in yellow
HIGHLIGHT the negative elements in pink
FOR OR AGAINST
HOW TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINION ON A TOPICAL ISSUE?
BE READY to present an STREET ARTWORK in the oral.
Help section to analyse an artwork: