Over the course of two months and seven class periods, a group of seventeen fourth-graders have been learning about topics that relate to the Wish Wall Mural. Each of the forty-five minute long lessons introduce self-contained subjects such as Conceptual Art, ideas, graffiti, community wall murals, wishes, and secrets. Connections are made regularly between these varied subjects, and the project culminates in making an artwork that unites all of them: the Wish Wall Mural.
In this section of the website, you will find lesson overviews with pictures and documents from the Graham & Parks Alternative Public School participants, as well as downloadable PDFs of each lesson plan. Teachers, please feel free to use these plans to conduct a Wish Wall Mural project with your class. Please let me know if you do so; I would love to hear about it and post details on the website.
Lesson #1: Ideas & Art
Ideas, Conceptual Art, Joseph Kosuth's "One and Three Chairs", Robert Rauschenberg's "Erased de Kooning Drawing", the importance of an artwork's title, the validity of an idea as art.
Lesson #2: Urban Wall Painting
Community wall murals, graffiti, "cover-ups", getting permission, having an idea, comparing "Erased de Kooning" with urban wall paintings.
Lesson #3: Secrets & Wishing
Different types of wishes and secrets, thinking about protection and why you might keep a wish secret.
Lesson #4, #5, & #6: The Wish Wall Mural
The requirements of a mural, the idea of a wall of wishes and how it can be a mural, titling the Wish Wall Mural and understanding why it is Conceptual Art, understanding camouflage and how it related to the Wish Wall Mural, preparing wishes for the wall.
Lesson #7: Reviewing the Project
Review the entire Wish Wall Mural project and learn what the the fourth-graders from Graham & Parks Alternative Public School thought once it was all over.