I don’t know about the rest of you but there’s a bit of a craze sweeping the nation. Children all seem to be obsessed with creating graffiti – not on walls (thankfully) but by using online graffiti generators like this one. So I thought I’d twist this and suggest an unusual activity
To get things rolling download a whole batch of free graffiti style fonts and install them on the computers. There are loads to choose from – some better than others – and I found five I would recommend: Whoa! (great font but doesn’t like capital letters), Street Soul, Blink Ring, Black Oak (looks amazing but seems to slow computers a bit) and Tourist Trap. Then I downloaded a few wall textured backgrounds and created this activity.
The idea works the same in PowerPoint 2003 and 2007. To get them in the mood show pupils some examples of outstanding graffiti and street art. Then get pupils to open a new PowerPoint and make the slide layout blank. They then choose one of the wall backgrounds and apply it to the slide (don’t apply it to all as they can try more than one texture if they have the chance). Pupils can then use the fonts in conjunction with Word Art – let them create their little slogans and play around with the fill effects, 3D settings and Word Art shapes until they get it just right. It could be quite a fun way to while away a short afternoon session 🙂