We are developing lessons you can use in your classroom, or on your own.

Please, use these resources and send us pictures of the results!

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The Facts

What are the laws about graffiti and public art in San Francisco?

What rights do you have as artists?

We offer two versions of our fact sheet in PDF form here. One is a little shorter, the other is a little more detailed.

Both versions end with the discussion/writing prompt: “Are these rules fair? When you and your classmates are in charge, what rules will you make for your neighborhood?”

We would love to hear about the ideas your class comes up with!
Here are resources for your class to design their own neighborhood. More about this project will be available soon.


How to draw Graffiti style lettering

We invite you to use any combination of these resources to help your class learn the basics of drawing graffiti style letters. This works as great preparation to make the most of your Where Art Lives residency.

Use  this link  to launch a slide show with step-by-step instructions for drawing a graffiti style letter.

Use this link to launch a slide show with step-by-step instructions for drawing a graffiti style letter.

Teachers: use the gear icon to turn on speaker notes, or download the speaker notes in PDF form.

Here is a PDF of the slide show including presenter notes for the teacher.

Here is a PDF of the slide show including presenter notes for the teacher.

Download and print this step-by-step worksheet to pass out to your students. We know, the pictures of the pencil drawings may not photo-copy well. This may work best in conjunction with the slideshow.

Download and print this step-by-step worksheet to pass out to your students. We know, the pictures of the pencil drawings may not photo-copy well. This may work best in conjunction with the slideshow.

Short attention span? Quick learner? This GIF shows all the steps for creating a graffiti style letter.


How to draw a Graffiti style word

Powerpoint lesson and worksheets coming soon.

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This GIF shows all the steps of Joe drawing a graffiti-style word.

This GIF shows all the steps of Joe drawing a graffiti-style word.


Where Art lives video resources

Visit our YouTube channel for playlists of videos to spark discussion and deepen skills in your classroom.

Visit our YouTube channel for playlists of videos to spark discussion and deepen skills in your classroom.


More resources

Students can deepen their learning by making art about any subject. Give students this all purpose self-assessment rubric so you can give them the credit they deserve for their creative inquiry. The link is to a view-only google doc which you can copy or download as a Word file to edit and customize.

San Francisco’s own Matt Christenson has shared some of his excellent lesson plans around using graffiti-inspired art to teach visual art fundamentals on the Art of Education website here.

Jessalyn Aasland, an artist and an educator at SFMoMA has created an amazing Class Set project. She commissioned local artists to illustrate posters with meaningful quotes. The posters are available for free to K-12 teachers. She also provides exceptional lesson plans for your students to create their own posters. This would be a great way for students to make use of their lettering skills.