Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Urban Art

Category Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Grades 7-12 (Full Day)

Curriculum Connections Visual Arts, History, Canadian and World Studies, Social Sciences, French

In this program, students explore the legitimacy and artistic merit of urban art. Your students gain an understanding of the history of graffiti and the social conditions which led to its evolution.  Through a slide show presentation, examples of urban art and the works of influential urban artists including Banksy, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Roadsworth are discussed.  Students then create a work of art using graffiti stencil techniques as a tool for inspiring social change.

Key Inquiry Question:  How can you use urban art to impact positive social change?

Program Objectives

By the end of the program, students will:

  • Debate the merits of urban art while gaining an understanding of the historical and social conditions which led to their evolution
  • Explore graffiti stencil techniques as a tool for communication
  • Produce a stencil to express their message for social change

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