We had some visitors at our school who rapped and danced and talked about the hip-hop art culture. We talked about how graffitti was a federal offense and so was wrinting on school property, then we looked at some art. Kind of similar to graffiti but on canvases. Students started with a shape and made lots of organic shapes around it like puzzle peices but none of the shapes could touch. They made letters into organic shapes and hid their names somewhere in the picture. Some students made symbols of things they like (scateboard logos,clothing labels,or characters) and cut them out of tag board and used 3-D O's to stick them on so they pop up a little.
We mounted them on black paper and used silver sharpies to continue the shapes for an interesting border.