Is Graffiti “Art”?

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Is Graffiti “Art”?. Have you ever heard of “street art?”. Is street art and graffiti the same thing?. Check out this cool optical illusion street art!. As we look through them, think about what they all have in common…. So… What do they have in common???. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Is Graffiti Art?

Is graffiti art? What do you think of when you hear the word graffiti? Has anyone heard the term street art?Can graffiti do good? Can graffiti beautify? Can it spread a message?1Have you ever heard of street art?Is street art and graffiti the same thing?Street artisart, specificallyvisual art, developed inpublic spaces that is, "in thestreets" though the term usually refers to unsanctioned art, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives. The term can include traditionalgraffitiartwork,sculpture,stencil graffiti,sticker art,wheatpastingandstreet poster art, video projection,art intervention, guerrilla art, andstreet installations. Typically, the termstreet artor the more specificpost-graffitiis used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti,vandalism, and corporate art.2Check out this cool optical illusion street art!

As we look through them, think about what they all have in common.

So What do they have in common???The public is interacting with the art!

Street Artists are differentBecause they have challenged art by situating it in non-art contexts (i.e. museums and galleries where the art is protected).

They attempt to have their work communicate with everyday people.Lets look at a couple FAMOUS Artists!

Keith Haring1958-1990Keith Haring was born in Kutztown, PA. He moved to NYC to study at SVA. He became interested in street art he saw around the city. 12

What is symbolism? What is Haring trying to symbolize in this artwork?He began creating his own street art by using white chalk to draw on blank advertisement panels in the subways. Haring was determined to devote his career to creating a truly public art. In 1980, Haring found a highly effective medium that allowed him to communicate with the wider audience he desired, when he noticed the unused advertising panels covered with matte black paper in a subway station. He began to create drawings in white chalk upon these blank paper panels throughout the subway system. Between 1980 and 1985, Haring produced hundreds of these public drawings in rapid rhythmic lines, sometimes creating as many as forty subway drawings in one day. This seamless flow of images became familiar to New York commuters, who often would stop to engage the artist when they encountered him at work. The subway became, as Haring said, a laboratory for working out his ideas and experimenting with his simple lines.

He was particularly inspired by the beauty and spontaneity of the graffiti he saw in the subways. Graffiti spoke of a world that was hip and streetwise, creative and spontaneous and undergroundall that he admired and wanted to be. At the same time, he admired the technical mastery and calligraphic quality of the graffiti artists tags.

He loved working in public and always worked during the daylight so that he would have interactions with the people walking by. He wanted his art to have this interactive experience throughout the process.Can you see whats going on in this artwork? Many street artists use a lot of symbolism in their art. What do you think Haring is trying to communicate/symbolize?13

Keith Haring, Pop Shop VWhat principles of art do you see in these artworks?We talked about the principles of art. What principles do you see at work in these drawings? What kind of symbolism do you notice/ what is he trying to say?14


Did Keith Haring do this? What about it reminds you of Harings work? What about it is different. This is actually a work done by a street artist named Banksy. Has anyone heard of Banksy? What do you know about him? Why did he choose to reference Harings art in his art?16

Banksy is a pseudonymous artist from Bristol, England.What do you think pseudonymous means? Have you heard of a pseudo name? What about a pen name? Why would a street artist want to remain anonymous? Is this artwork symbolic? What does the red balloon symbolize? Have you noticed the words to the right? Does that give you any clues?17

Whats going on in this artwork? How did he use his environment? What does the fence make you think of? What do you think think this artwork symbolizes?18Richmond Mural ProjectRichmond gets a nod for Best street art in theworld

The Richmond Mural Project is a yearly event with the goal of creating over 100 murals by world renown talent in the first 5 years alone.

These street artists come from all over the world, including: Italy, California, Spain, New York, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Italy, Belgium and Kansas.

The main mission of the Richmond Mural Project is to make Richmond the top destination for Murals in the United States. By specifically targeting walls in areas that are in disrepair, these murals can be positive catalyst for change. Examples are: murals placed in areas that have a lot of abandoned buildings and have low foot traffic, areas with high crime and areas in need of identity are just a few examples of how these Murals can make a positive change in the environment they reside in.Whats the difference between Street Art and Graffiti?THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!Lets Learn to Write GRAFFITI!We are going to learn how to do graffiti writing to decorate our portfolios

Lets look at some graffiti examples

Have you seen graffiti like this before? How would you describe the letters?22

How is this different from Banksy and Harings work? How could you make your nametag symbolic? Your assignment is to create a nametag that symbolically tells the viewer something about yourself.23



26What do they all have in common?27How to make GRAFFITI letters28


Draw the outline sketch for the letters in pencil.30

Add actual lines for the graffiti designs on the letters. Most graffiti designs have connected, intersecting or on top of one part of the other.31

Fill in the basic colors.32

Add darker tone on the graffiti colors.33

Add more details by drawing a design on the graffiti. You can choose any design that you want. Metallic, balloon, fluffy, gummy, and so on. I chose drawing cracked lines on the sample.34

Add the cast shadow to complete the graffiti.35Method 236

Draw the outline sketches for the letters.37

Add the actual lines for the graffiti designs on the letters. Draw pointed lines intersecting the others.38

Erase the unnecessary lines.39

Fill in the basic color.40

Add the highlights and shadows.41

Add more designs on the background to finish the graffiti.42