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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Shepard Fairey: Legality & Art

Created on January 10, 2013 by LiveColorfully

Students explored the work of contemporary Street Artist Shepard Fairey. Students previously participated in class discussion about Street Art/ Vandalism. Students read and answered questions about an article about Fairey's legal battle over the Obama "Hope" Case (Copyright Infringement).

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1 session; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT understand and discuss legal issues concerning art: ie. vandalism, copyright laws, fair-use
2. Students will be able to read and comprehend a news article in order to answer questions about the reading

1. Examples of Shepard Fairey's artwork
2. Writing materials or computer
3. Copy or link to LA Times article:

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1. Students are introduced to the work of Shepard Fairey.
2. Teacher leads class discussion on art and the law. Topics include vandalism, copyright laws, fair-use.
3. Students are re-introduced to Fairey's 2008 HOPE campaign poster for Barack Obama
4. Students will read LA Times article about Fairey's legal battle over the AP photo used in his campaign
5. Students will answer questions to assess comprehension of the article.

After reading the article, answer the following questions about the legal case:

What was Shepard Fairey accused of?
How did Fairey plead?
What sentence did Fairey get?
What sentence COULD HAVE Fairey gotten?
What were "mitigating" factors in Fairey's case? (They list a few)
(Mitigating means to make less severe, lessen the gravity of the offense)
What statement did Fairey give after the hearing?

Great non-product art lesson. Translates well for cyber art education or homework assignment.


Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[9-12 Advanced] Students evaluate and defend the validity of sources for content and the manner in which subject matter, symbols, and images are used in the students' works and in significant works by others

Street Art