To end the year, 5th graders requested that we do a lesson on graffiti. I happily obliged! A few years ago, I spent a spring break in San Francisco visiting my cousin and his then fiance (now wife). I kind of sprung it on them that I was coming last minute because my original travel plans changed but they were amazing! I spent days on my own exploring the city and at night they showed me around. One afternoon, my cousin showed me a few really good graffiti spots and that is where these pictures are from. Some of the pictures are from other random places around San Fran that I took on my own. Most of these pictures are from permission walls.
We talked about the difference between legal street and and illegal street art. We also discussed some of the history of graffiti including the fact that graffiti is sometimes used to express opinions about political or social issues. Other graffiti is really just to show off and get recognition.
Here’s the 5th grade work and the San Fran graffiti! (with a little Venice Beach thrown in too)