Sunday, July 28, 2013

Graffiti anyone?

Before school was over, I polled my 6th grade students about what they wanted to do next year in 7th art.  One of the first things many of them suggested was graffiti art.  I have decided that my first project with them will be to create a tag to design the cover of their art journal.  Does anyone have a really great power point they'd be willing to share with me about the history of graffiti...or a site that has good handouts/information about graffiti?

Bookmaking Class Pack
 I purchased the class pack of 30 6"x9" journals from Dick Blick.  The covers are cardboard and they are spiral bound.  I plan on having the students design the front cover with a tag of their name.  They'll be able to use tissue paper, paint and I'm thinking the Crayola Airbrush Marker Kits I have (which would make it even more authentic...closest thing to spray paint!).

I have a very vague knowledge about the history of graffiti.  I know that prehistoric art can be considered graffiti, and that graffiti dates way back in history to the Egyptians and Greeks.  I also know of the political reasons behind graffiti in the 60's and 70's and that Keith Haring was a subway graffiti artist during a point in his life, but I need some good vocabulary and some reading information about the topic to make a good, solid unit.  I'd even be willing to purchase a book about graffiti if someone highly recommends one!  I currently have a $50 gift card to Blick that I could spend and there is free shipping on orders of $45 or more that expires at midnight tonight, so any feedback would be great, especially if Blick has a book that would be good to order!  Thanks in advance!


  1. I've taught a class on graffiti and used this PBS 7 1/2 minute video to introduce it:
    I also taught the kids how to draw bubble letters and one point perspective block letters. On the final day, the kids created one large group graffiti piece. Check out my blog with some photos: