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Do Now #40: Express Yourself with Virtual Stencil Art

| September 25, 2012 | 74 Comments
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“Ferrell Cats” by Hanksy


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Do Now

If you could create art on the street to spread a message, what would it be?

Find or create an image and/or text that symbolizes something (or someone) you believe in. Then visit the Stencil Graffiti Creator to generate a virtual stenciled version of your image. Send it to us via Twitter with a message about what your image represents. You can even stencil a meme! We’ll post selections here on Edspace.


Introduction

Stencil art makes use of a paper, cardboard, or other media to create an image or text that is easily reproducible. The desired design is cut out of the selected medium and then the image is transferred to a surface using spray paint. The process of stenciling involves applying paint over a stencil to form an image on a surface below. Sometimes multiple layers of stencils are used on the same image to add colors or create the illusion of depth.

Those who make and apply stencils have many motivations. For some, it is an easy method to produce a political message. Many artists appreciate the publicity that their artwork can receive, and some just want their work to be seen in an accessible venue. Since the stencil stays uniform throughout its use, it is easier for an artist to quickly replicate what could be a complicated piece at a very quick rate, when compared to other conventional street art methods.

Mike Shine is a Bay Area artist who uses stencils to contribute to his ongoing narrative about carnival characters. Recently, he has used his large-scale stencils to create permanent murals in San Francisco. In the video below, Making Stencils with Mike Shine, you will see his son create an image of a flying pig. This video will help you create your own paper stencils so that you can start spreading your message or homage all over town. Remember to be respectful and only use your stencils in permitted places, such as on your own notebooks and t-shirts.

Resource

KQED Education presents Making Stencils with Mike Shine
Mike Shine’s interests range from surfing to carnivals, and his dynamic approach to art making manifests as immersive installations, which he’s created throughout the Bay Area at local museums, galleries, and even at his home in Bolinas, “The Shine Shack.” His artwork is inspired by carnival aesthetics and his own narrative about Dr. Flotsam, a clown character who represents the darker aspects of life, and was inspired by the legend of Faust and the fictional demon, Mephistopheles.


To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with@KQEDedspace and end it with #KQEDDoNow

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We encourage students to tweet their personal opinions as well as support their ideas with links to interesting/credible articles online (adding a nice research component) or retweet other people’s ideas that they agree/disagree/find amusing. We also value student-produced media linked to their tweets like memes or more extensive blog posts to represent their ideas. Of course, do as you can…and any contribution is most welcomed.


More Resources

Spark Video and Educator Guide about Favianna Rodriguez
For more than a decade, Favianna Rodriguez has been creating posters and graphics supporting social justice movements and political activism. Carrying on the tradition of the Chicano arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Rodriguez is part of a new generation of artists devoted to public awareness and community involvement in grassroots causes.

Spark Video and Educator Guide about Adam 5100
Adam5100 has been working with a spray can since his days as a teenage graffiti writer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Confessing that his early tagging was “the blight of society,” Adam5100 has since become one of the Bay Area’s most talented young painters. Spark joins the artist as he prepares for an exhibition at the White Walls Gallery by “layering the stencils of life.”

Spark Video and Educator Guide about Occupy Bay Area
Since its inception in September 2011, the Occupy movement has resonated with artists and photojournalists worldwide, resulting in a distinct visual aesthetic of imagery designed to inspire and mobilize support. Occupy Bay Area at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (from July 7 through October 14, 2012) is an exhibition that brings together Bay Area artists to illustrate the power of art to cut across language and social barriers.

 

 

 

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Kristin Farr produces arts videos for KQED and writes monthly features for Juxtapoz magazine. She lives in the East Bay, and her favorite color is all of them.
  • Thomas Bouwer

    I think this is super awesome. I have never considered myself much of an artist, but I do appreciate its simplicities.

  • Thomas Bouwer

    I think this is super awesome. I have never considered myself much of an artist, but I do appreciate its simplicities.

  • Bradley Erickson

    I think that if was going to make a piece of art on the street to send a message, it would be a mural/stencil. This mural would cover a whole wall as well as send a specific message. It would spread the message of peace through the mural.

  • Bradley Erickson

    I think that if was going to make a piece of art on the street to send a message, it would be a mural/stencil. This mural would cover a whole wall as well as send a specific message. It would spread the message of peace through the mural.

  • Naomi

    If I could create art on the street to send a message I would create art about our nature. I think nature is an important aspect of our daily lives but we tend to take it for granted. I would want to be able to send a message out about how important nature is, how important all the animals, and how we need to work together to take care of our forrests.

  • Naomi

    If I could create art on the street to send a message I would create art about our nature. I think nature is an important aspect of our daily lives but we tend to take it for granted. I would want to be able to send a message out about how important nature is, how important all the animals, and how we need to work together to take care of our forrests.

  • Dante Gonzalez

    What I would create is a soccer ball so more adults and kids can join sports activities instead of watching tv. By doing this people can be active .

  • Dante Gonzalez

    What I would create is a soccer ball so more adults and kids can join sports activities instead of watching tv. By doing this people can be active .

  • Robert Rojas

    I think that this is super interesting and I’d like to make my own stencil art.

  • Robert Rojas

    I think that this is super interesting and I’d like to make my own stencil art.

  • Itzel Gonzalez

    I liked this type of art. It is so cool to do. This gives me a good idea for a school project.Thanks for the help;)

  • Itzel Gonzalez

    I liked this type of art. It is so cool to do. This gives me a good idea for a school project.Thanks for the help;)

  • Ariel

    I think I would create an eye, or something to do with seeing. I like the concept of looking at art that seems to be looking back at you, and I think eyes are very expressive.

  • Ariel

    I think I would create an eye, or something to do with seeing. I like the concept of looking at art that seems to be looking back at you, and I think eyes are very expressive.

  • Kimberly Ferry

    This is a great way to express yourself through art in a way that doesn’t require that much experience.

  • Kimberly Ferry

    This is a great way to express yourself through art in a way that doesn’t require that much experience.

  • Kohler Hurtado

    If I could make art on the street I would make it of Klondike Bar. I would put the Klondike Bar on top of mt. Everest. And write at the bottom of the drawing “What would you do for a Klondike Bar?”

  • Kohler Hurtado

    If I could make art on the street I would make it of Klondike Bar. I would put the Klondike Bar on top of mt. Everest. And write at the bottom of the drawing “What would you do for a Klondike Bar?”

  • Emily Owens and Kimi Pie

    Art is a great form of self expression. Personally I love to create and design my own stencils.

  • Emily Owens and Kimi Pie

    Art is a great form of self expression. Personally I love to create and design my own stencils.

  • michael nolette

    it was cool when he put the flying pig on the wall

  • michael nolette

    it was cool when he put the flying pig on the wall

  • Dick Drizzle

    if i was to make art i would use chalk to make a giant earth.

  • Dick Drizzle

    if i was to make art i would use chalk to make a giant earth.

  • Monique Jungels

    I like this it looks really fun to do. I think this idea is different, and I think it would be a great idea for la strada or for a school project. Thanks for the help.

  • Monique Jungels

    I like this it looks really fun to do. I think this idea is different, and I think it would be a great idea for la strada or for a school project. Thanks for the help.

  • Matthew Wickens

    If I could create art on the streets to send a message, I would put something cynical because most people wouldn’t appreciate public art. So perhaps I would draw a reflection of society and the immoral truth about it.

  • Matthew Wickens

    If I could create art on the streets to send a message, I would put something cynical because most people wouldn’t appreciate public art. So perhaps I would draw a reflection of society and the immoral truth about it.

  • Terry DuBois

    I would create a picture of all of the mane 6 to portray love, tolerance, and all of the elements each pony has. (Honesty, loyalty, generosity, kindess, laughter, and magic)

  • Terry DuBois

    I would create a picture of all of the mane 6 to portray love, tolerance, and all of the elements each pony has. (Honesty, loyalty, generosity, kindess, laughter, and magic)

  • Maria

    What I would create a drawing about flowers because I really like how flowers look like.

  • Maria

    What I would create a drawing about flowers because I really like how flowers look like.

  • Maria

    If I could create art on the street to spread a message I would spread the message of love and peace<3

  • Maria

    If I could create art on the street to spread a message I would spread the message of love and peace<3

  • Ana

    I think that this is such a interesting thing to do, because if you are drawing something that is good in the streets then it will be a inspirational thing not a bad thing. So yea i thing this is a great idea.

  • Ana

    I think that this is such a interesting thing to do, because if you are drawing something that is good in the streets then it will be a inspirational thing not a bad thing. So yea i thing this is a great idea.

  • Kristin Farr

    Thanks you all for these wonderful ideas and comments! Send photos of your stencil art to artsed@KQED.org, or via Twitter @KQEDEdSpace and we’ll post a collection here.

  • Kristin Farr

    Thanks you all for these wonderful ideas and comments! Send photos of your stencil art to artsed@KQED.org, or via Twitter @KQEDEdSpace and we’ll post a collection here.

  • Sally

    If I were to create art on the street, I would paint a picture of the earth and environmental features to convey a message about global warming.

  • Sally

    If I were to create art on the street, I would paint a picture of the earth and environmental features to convey a message about global warming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NicoleMaureenOfficial Nicole Maureen Espina

    It would be to spread awareness on abortion and what being pro-life really means.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NicoleMaureenOfficial Nicole Maureen Espina

    It would be to spread awareness on abortion and what being pro-life really means.

  • Tina Namakian

    If i could creat an art on street to spread a massage, I would creat an art about different cultures to inform everyone about different cultures around the world.

  • Tina Namakian

    If i could creat an art on street to spread a massage, I would creat an art about different cultures to inform everyone about different cultures around the world.

  • Fiona

    If I were going to spray a stencil on the street, I would probably do something silly that would make viewers smile. I like stuff like that.

  • Fiona

    If I were going to spray a stencil on the street, I would probably do something silly that would make viewers smile. I like stuff like that.

  • Alexandra Nicolopoulos

    #kqeddonow @kqededspace I would draw animals on the street because animals are nice creatures.

  • Alexandra Nicolopoulos

    #kqeddonow @kqededspace I would draw animals on the street because animals are nice creatures.

  • Michael

    If I were to do street art I would have to theme be around world peace and people being able to agree and understand each other without fighting.

  • Michael

    If I were to do street art I would have to theme be around world peace and people being able to agree and understand each other without fighting.

  • Kyra Werstler

    I would write in block letters “local music” in a yellow circle to stand out.

  • Kyra Werstler

    I would write in block letters “local music” in a yellow circle to stand out.

  • becca

    if I had to create a message, it would have to do with freedom of choice and creativity. my image would be a speech bubble

  • becca

    if I had to create a message, it would have to do with freedom of choice and creativity. my image would be a speech bubble

  • Angel Alvarado-Dadin

    If I were to do a street art, I would tell people who keep coming to the past and not movie forward so the street art I would is “MOVE FORWARD”. The reason why I say this is because their people who think and want to go to the past and change but its too late so the best way is to move on and keep on moving forward.

  • Angel Alvarado-Dadin

    If I were to do a street art, I would tell people who keep coming to the past and not movie forward so the street art I would is “MOVE FORWARD”. The reason why I say this is because their people who think and want to go to the past and change but its too late so the best way is to move on and keep on moving forward.

  • Cameron langnefeld

    If i were to do street art i would draw a 3D mirror of what would be reflected from above. Like if its on a sidewalk then i would draw the building and signs, seen from the sidewalks view. (laying down and looking up).

  • Cameron langnefeld

    If i were to do street art i would draw a 3D mirror of what would be reflected from above. Like if its on a sidewalk then i would draw the building and signs, seen from the sidewalks view. (laying down and looking up).

  • Jefferson Valladares

    If I were to do street art I would make funny art, sarcastic art, art with puns. My message would be when people see the art they would hopefully laugh because art is a good way of having fun and laughing.

  • Jefferson Valladares

    If I were to do street art I would make funny art, sarcastic art, art with puns. My message would be when people see the art they would hopefully laugh because art is a good way of having fun and laughing.

  • Alice I

    If I could create art and a message and put it on the street it would be “keep it real.” It would be graffiti art.

  • Alice I

    If I could create art and a message and put it on the street it would be “keep it real.” It would be graffiti art.

  • Katie W.

    With the presidential election roughly a mere month or so away, I would do something political to make sure people really are confident in who they are voting for. I would have a candidate’s face superimposed on one of their ideals (like if they are against offshore drilling, there would be a drilling platform behind their face with a strike-out through it) or their mentors faces/names. The face would be in the color of their political party (Obama-blue, Romney-red) and the opposite color behind them (Obama-orange, Romney-green). Hopefully it would pictorially represent the candidate’s intentions instead of having to read all their politically shrouded jargon.

  • Katie W.

    With the presidential election roughly a mere month or so away, I would do something political to make sure people really are confident in who they are voting for. I would have a candidate’s face superimposed on one of their ideals (like if they are against offshore drilling, there would be a drilling platform behind their face with a strike-out through it) or their mentors faces/names. The face would be in the color of their political party (Obama-blue, Romney-red) and the opposite color behind them (Obama-orange, Romney-green). Hopefully it would pictorially represent the candidate’s intentions instead of having to read all their politically shrouded jargon.

  • Leah

    If I could create an art on the street it would have the words Be True To Yourself spray painted on a wall

  • Leah

    If I could create an art on the street it would have the words Be True To Yourself spray painted on a wall

  • Peter

    If I were to make street art would by drains that dumped sewage to the sea. It would be a beautiful painting of a fishes of different colors. So then people would dump less of their trash in the sea and keep it beautiful.

  • Peter

    If I were to make street art would by drains that dumped sewage to the sea. It would be a beautiful painting of a fishes of different colors. So then people would dump less of their trash in the sea and keep it beautiful.

  • Roman Bumbesti

    I would make a sun to represent global warming.

  • Roman Bumbesti

    I would make a sun to represent global warming.

  • Anna

    If I were to make street art I would want to insire people to be in an occupation that they love not that they have to be in. It would inspire them to go back to school or get more schooling.

  • Anna

    If I were to make street art I would want to insire people to be in an occupation that they love not that they have to be in. It would inspire them to go back to school or get more schooling.

  • Thor Barsness

    I would draw a picture of a band playing in front of a crowd. I would draw the band on the wall, and extend the heads of the crowd onto the sidewalk to make it feel as though you are above the crowd.

  • Thor Barsness

    I would draw a picture of a band playing in front of a crowd. I would draw the band on the wall, and extend the heads of the crowd onto the sidewalk to make it feel as though you are above the crowd.