Graffiti Design and Urban Art – By Gerard Pefung

Lesson Plan Title:  Graffiti Design & Urban Art – by Gerard Pefung

Vocabulary: warm/cold colors, complementary colors, perspective, overlapping, and gradation, identity, symbolic images, visual metaphors

Objectives: This course teaches basic urban art and lettering techniques. It aims to build on participants’ skills while simultaneously developing their capacity to make their own artistic choices by tapping into their interests.


  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Spray paint (assorted colors)
  • Acrylic or latex paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Disposable cups and plates
  • Cleaning rags
  • Cleanup materials


  1. Dry-erase or chalk board lettering experiments Students practice different kinds of graffiti lettering and font styles on dry-erase boards. The low-pressure materials allow for lots of practice and encourage student experimentation.
  2. Graffiti Alphabet Students design each letter using a different technique or artistic concept being studied (warm/cool/neutral colors, complementary colors, one-point perspective, overlapping, and gradation).
  3. One Word and One Image Design This is a formative assignment where students choose one word that reflects some aspect of identity. They design that word and combine it with a drawn and colored image, using artistic conventions studied.
  4. Code Name Design: The Code Name assignment asks students to invent and design a name that represents some aspect of their identity. Along with the design of that name, students are required to implement a symbolic image and a visual metaphor to reflect who they are. The artist statement that follows engages students to explain the meaning behind their name and artistic choices
  5. Conclusion Assemble all the designs into one giant urban art piece.

Reflection: Discuss and celebrate the work. Experiment with spray-painting.

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