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Teaching Graffiti Art!

Do kids love art? Do kids love graffiti? You bet they do….

I am in love with graffiti…everything about it….

Sometimes I wonder if the world would look more beautiful with graffiti everywhere, than without it.

Graffiti is art, and many believe it isn’t.

I find graffiti more interesting than any other kind of art, because it speaks to me.

Graffiti can be grungy and dirty, or used for gangs to tag territories, but its message is always clear.

It is in your face, up your nose, and getting into your brain somehow.

You can’t ignore it at all.

Sometimes graffiti will make you stop, pay attention, and actually learn a thing or two.

Whatever the case may very well be…graffiti is here to stay whether you like it or not.

I believe that graffiti is a sign of the times, a sign of life, and a sign that the world isn’t everything it is cracked up to be.

Graffiti is here to stay and is never going away, so we must embrace it.

Each year, I do a graffiti project with my art students.

I teach my students about graffiti’s true roots and where it came from. They also learn about Keith Haring and Banksy (two of my favorites )

I also show a DVD called Graffiti Verite…which shows my students how graffiti started, where it came from, what materials the street artists use, and what the process is all about…

Murals, pieces, tags, symbols, hidden pictures, secrets, spray cans galore!

Cave paintings were even a form of graffiti!

My students love the idea of taking their name, and using symbols, different kinds of lines, and colors to emphasize importance.

They love learning how to create letters, add their own designs, and create tags.

We do not use spray paint, but instead paint markers which you have to shake just like a spray paint can.

I help them create their names, and we make brick walls out of construction paper in various colors!

Their names get mounted onto the brick walls to look 3-D, by using 3-D O’s which are small foam circles that you attach to both sides of the paper!

Here are some examples of my student’s work: