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Author: Wood, Alix
Publisher: Gareth Stevens
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 9781482422931
Grades: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

But Is It Art? Urban Street Art

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“Urban street art is…created in public areas. Sometimes the artists have a message they want people to see.  Other street artists simply want to make the city or town look more fun and colorful.”
One in a series of six books titled But is it Art? this book would make an excellent addition to any school library or art school, as it ponders the question whether what we call art, is art.  This book explores whether urban street art is indeed art. Readers are presented with different perspectives through questions and examples, but does not infer or state whether urban street art  can be defined as artwork. This book defines street art, and why people create it.  It introduces readers to various examples of urban street art, such as, yarn bombing, subvertising, lit-up street displays, locked artwork, sidewalk art, wheatpasting, sticker bombing, gum, love locks and guerrilla gardening, Some of the examples may be familiar to readers, but others may be entirely new, depending upon where they live in the world. This book provides art teachers with a resource to discuss and create their own urban street art. The argument of whether urban street art  is or is not art, is listed at the end of the book for readers to discuss and ponder.
The vibrant format of the book includes short paragraphs, lists of ideas, (What do you think?) questions, Arty Facts, and colourful photographs. Many urban street artists are identified throughout the book and listed in the index. The table of contents, glossary, book/website lists help readers access information easily. The publisher’s disclaimer to educators/parents states that websites were reviewed for suitability at the time of the printing of the book, but take no account for possible changes or links that go beyond the recommended websites. The text is easily accessible to upper elementary students.  The book is unique in its topic and brings up the dilemma of whether some urban street art is vandalism and/or illegal.

Recommended for Art classes from upper elementary to high school.

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