Graffiti in the Secondary Art Room



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Introduction 2:23

Why Teach Graffiti?

Graffiti as Art Advocacy 4:04

Creating a Personal Meaning 3:53

Connecting with Language Arts 3:19

Basic Materials and Organization

Paints and Material Basics 2:01

Miscellaneous Tools and Supplies 2:27

Beginning Graffiti Processes

The Elements of Graffiti 8:39

Brainstorming Content and Imagery 6:35

Drafting the Composition 6:26

Getting Started with Exercises

Where to Begin the Lesson 2:36

Using Sticker Sheets 3:20

Beginner Project Ideas

Graffiti Alphabet Exercise 1:33

Graffiti Project Examples 2:46

Final Project Example 2:32


Conclusion 2:15

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Graffiti in the Secondary Art Room

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Discover the basics of graffiti elements such as tag, throw, and piece.

  • 2 Learn how to develop student knowledge of symbolism, metaphor, and artistic convention.

  • 3 Immediately add a contemporary and relevant spin to your drawing curriculum.

Graffiti-inspired curricula can engage, motivate, and transform every student. In this Learning Pack, learn how to bring graffiti into your art room as a valued art form where students feel supported to express elements of their identities. Discover how to encourage technical, artistic growth through the art form as well as study the fundamentals of art. Develop the confidence to teach your students the ins and outs of this empowering art form.

Connected National Visual Arts Standards:
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.

Matt Christenson

Matt Christenson

High School Art Teacher

Matt Christenson is a high school visual arts and mural design teacher in San Francisco, CA who strives to cultivate maximum creative potential in all students.


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