We would like to draw a distinction between art and vandalism. To clarify
Graffiti that is drawn anywhere without the owner's consent is vandalism
Art work that includes graffiti style lettering or images drawn with permission is to be encouraged
This website contains information about graffiti that might be useful for research and gaining a better understanding.
A list of suggestions for cross curricular activities about graffiti in schools
Find out how political graffiti affected people prior to and during conflicts.
Devise a questionnaire to find out more about the prevalence of graffiti, who has been responsible among your peers, why, where, the type of graffiti and how often and were they aware of the implications.
- Research graffiti and present a case for a debate either pro a graffiti wall in your town, or against a graffiti wall in your town.
- Write a poem about graffiti and send it to us by email. The ones which aren't rude will be published.
- Banksy, the famous graffiti artist has written a book called 'Wall and Piece'
Discuss this excerpt from Banksy's book
People abuse you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you're not sexy enough and the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
However, you are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Screw that. Any advert in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It's yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. You especially don't owe them any courtesy. They have rearranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don't even start asking for theirs.
- What does Banksy think justify graffiti?
- What are the social implications of Banksy's view?
- Would you describe Banksy as an anarchist or a freedom fighter?
Write a funny poem for a room in your house, decorate it and enhance it with bubble text. Either paint the design in the art room or produce on computer using graphics software. Frame the finished result and you have an original gift to give someone at Christmas. Ideas for lots of other graffiti projects .....
Art and Design
Research and classify the different styles of graffiti lettering according to the level of skill required to hand-draw them. Produce a sign for your bedroom door using what you think is the most skilful style of graffiti lettering.
Design a graffiti panel for a pencil case. Compare the best materials for making and decorating your graffiti pencil case considering the intricacies of your design and colours used.
Design a poster to raise awareness of one or more aspects of graffiti. Take a look at suggested Graffiti projects. You can no doubt think of many others. Do let us know about your more successful projects.
Research the various anti-graffiti policies that councils around Britain have and find out what percentage of their budget is spent on graffiti removal or limitation. Find out how much each household in your community pays for graffiti removal each year. Create an anti-graffiti awarenesss campaign for your school.
Why are branding and logos important for a business? Design a logo that can be created using a graffiti stencil.
Research the anti-social aspects of graffiti and write a sketch, musical or otherwise to let people know what graffiti is anti-social.
Write a rap about graffiti to present to your classmates.