Archive for October, 2010

MMAP learns graffiti from the best!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

A HUGE thank you to acclaimed graffiti artist Scape Martinez for welcoming MMAP to his home last Saturday!  In two hours and with an array of colors and spray can tips, we experimented with graffiti technique and created a beautiful abstract painting.  It was an incredible opportunity to learn from the best and talk about our vision for the way graffiti can be used to educate, inspire and empower our youth.   Scape’s new book, “GRAFF: The Art and Technique of Graffiti” is the textbook for our Graffiti Arts Program (GAP).

Tunde and Sarah smile in front of the final painting!

Scape teaches Tunde about highlights

HEArt students exhibit at the Palo Alto Art Center

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

HEArt students from Chavez will be show-casing their matchbox shrines and papel picado THIS SATURDAY, 1-5pm, at the Palo Alto Art Center’s annual Day of the Dead celebration.  Students worked hard over the past three weeks to finish their art in time and the exhibit promises to be beautiful.  Come support the students and see they beautiful and creative ways they found to honor their loved ones.

ISA students can draw, write, sing and dance!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Taking a short break from our graffiti canvasses, guest artists Legion and Chief from MMAP’s History through Hip Hop Program will be leading a two-week workshop at ISA!   When our guests asked the class the simple question, “What do you do to express yourself?” we heard music, dance, singing, graffiti, basketball, soccer, writing, and more!  The talent at this school is amazing.

Legion and Chief lead a middle school workshop

Middle school students show off a dance

At Starr King, music is in the air!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Starr King students are learning to express themselves through MUSIC.  On Friday, each student got a card with a different emotion.  They chose between maracas, drums, tambourines and more to express their emotion and the rest of the class had to guess what it was.  Moving forward and building on sculpture skills from the past couple of weeks, students will be constructing their own maracas and rainsticks. We are almost finished with the construction phase, and next week we’ll decorate the instruments. Stay tuned!

HEArt of the City studies the work of M.C. Escher

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Students are slowly building on their knowledge of basic elements of design.  Last week was dedicated to PATTERN and students studied the work of M.C. Escher to learn how repetition creates interesting compositions.  (Before last week, the only MC students had heard of was MC Hammer!) Students also looked at interesting patterns found in nature such as zebra stripes, leopard print, the spiral on snail shells and pine cones, and the pattern of light reflecting on water.  Students then applied what they’d learned about pattern and repetition to their graffiti art.

Prismas and patterns

Patterns and prismas

Looking at the work of M.C. Escher

Adding pattern to graffiti letters


Graffiti students have perspective!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

At ISA, graffiti students are learning about the importance of perspective.  We took the students out to the hallway and demonstrated how all of the lines on the lockers converged onto a single point at eye level, the vanishing point.  Applying this to graffiti, students created a 3D effect on their letters using a vanishing point and they were able to compare this to block 3D.

Using what they’ve learned,  students will be creating a graffiti canvas installation that deals with conflict resolution.  Students discussed the types of conflicts they face in their school and best practices of conflict resolution. They’ve chosen words that urge for peace and respect in their school community.

As a fun warm-up activity, Julio draws Brel's portrait without looking down at his paper

Danica demonstrates a vanishing point on her lettering

HEArt at Starr King: What would your ideal city look like?

Monday, October 18th, 2010

What are your favorite things about San Francisco? What are some things that you would like to change about San Francisco?  If you could design your own city, what would it look like?  We received some very powerful responses when we posed these questions to the Starr King students.

As urban planners, their task was to design buildings, parks and structures that they would want to see in their ideal city.  Students built the Bay Bridge, skate parks, an elaborate water supply source, and more.

Bay Bridge

HEArt Chavez to showcase at the Palo Alto Art Center!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

The Palo Alto Art Center has invited MMAP’s Chavez students to create an art installation for  Día de los Muertos.  The matchbox shrines were such a hit with the 5th graders that we decided to let the older, wiser middle school students take a try at it!  Students learned the history of the traditional Mexican holiday and began designing their matchboxes.  The project will span two weeks so stay tuned to see the final products.

We also want to welcome a new Stanford college intern, Perla, pictured below with guest artist and youngest member of the class, Tati!

Through graffiti, HEArt advocates for change!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Chavez and ISA HEArt of the City students are diving into the powerful art of graffiti.  So far students have chosen monikers,  learned basic graffiti lettering, color theory, and perspective.  In the end, students will be able to produce individual graffiti canvasses that promote a positive message to their school community.  Students are learning the key role that graffiti has in community beautification and health promotion.   The graffiti installation will be driven by the youth’s voice! Students will decide which words they will use and the location of their installation.  Below are just a few great photos of the process – follow the group as they continue on the path to becoming graffiti masters!

ISA high school and middle school students work alongside each other!

Practicing lettering styles

"PEACE" demonstrates warm vs. cool colors

Meet ISA HEArt of the City!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

The 2010-2011 school year is off to a great start at ISA! We have a group of enormously talented middle and high school students this year.  In the first week, we asked our middle school students to take self-portraits that would would be posted here on the blog to introduce the class and the school to YOU!  These self-portraits could be with or without the face, and the students’ favorites are below:



ISA says, "Sup!"

All smiles

"Life" at ISA

Front of the school

HEArt of the City