Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Urban Art

Grades: 7-12 (Full Day)

Program: Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

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 presentation, examples of urban art and the works of influential urban artists including Banksy, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, JR 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 Urban Art 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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