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Close Reading Art: Blu

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on 28 August 2014

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Transcript of Close Reading Art: Blu

Today we will be close reading a street art piece by artist Blu, located in Belgrado, Serbia. This mural was done in 2012 and is on the side of a very large apartment building in a very large apartment complex.

We are close reading this to find the artist's purpose in creating it. This artist has an agenda, and we are going to discover it.
Today's Artwork
Step 1
Step 3: Quick Write
Look closely at this mural. Describe everything you see, from imagery to size and color. Start with the overall image and then move on to describe the smaller details. Be descriptive and thorough. Pretend that you are describing this to someone who has never seen it before.
1.
Describe
the colors the artist used in this mural. Explain what they make you think of and how those colors make you feel.

2. What style did the artist paint this mural in? Abstract, realistic, or non-representational? How can you tell?

3. Look closely at the giant. Who do you think he represents?

8-15-2014
Close Reading Artworks
Step 6: "Text" Based
Questions
THINK, PAIR, SHARE!
1.
Describe
the colors the artist used in this mural. Explain what they make you think of and how those colors make you feel.

2. What style did the artist paint this mural in? Abstract, realistic, or non-representational? How can you tell?

3. Look closely at the giant. Who do you think he represents?
Step 7: Student discussion
This mural is of a giant eating a tree. It is painted on the side of a building and it looks to be about four stories tall. The giant is wearing a business suit and is drawn very simply with black outlines and is colored in grey and white. His teeth are all buildings. In his hand is a tree, and he is slowly moving it toward his mouth, about to take a bite of it. The tree is very small in comparison. It is also drawn simply with black outlines, but the tree has the only color in the mural. The leaves are green, making the tree eye catching.
Step 5: Teacher "reads"
Quick Write #2
Based on the message the artist is trying to convey, why do you think he used the colors that he did?
Discuss and add to
Quick Write #2
Based on the message the artist is trying to convey, why do you think he used the colors that he did?
-The colors are very plain - mostly grays - with one bright spot of green on the tree. I think the artist used these colors because cities also tend to be bleak and grey. I think the colors themselves represent the city. The tree, however, is bright and beautiful which I think shows that the dull, sad, gray city is destroying what is bright and beautiful.
So, who is the giant?
Step 8: Writing Task
Step 4: Student Discussion
Find a partner and share with them what you wrote. How well did you describe it?
Step 2: Students read and annotate.
Take a moment to really look at this artwork. Annotate on your copy of the mural.

Circle powerful imagery

Underline the parts that you think are key to understanding the artist's purpose

Write thoughts and questions in the margins

Draw exclamation points by the things you think are the most important.
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Step 6: Add to your quick write.
Now that we've "read" this mural several times, you are going to interpret it. Based on the imagery,the color choices, and style, answer the following questions:
1. What is the topic of this mural, or what issue does it describe?2.How do you think the artist feels about this topic or issue?
3.What is the artist's message to us?
Step 9: Discussion
Think, pair, share!
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