Summer PD Workshop |City as Canvas: Graffiti Art in New York City

When: Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 5:00pm
Price: Free. Registration required.
Brightly colored oil painting on canvas entitled Howard the Duck by Lee George Quiñones in the style of graffiti art. Lee’s name appears with the force of a thunderbolt on a brick wall and Howard the Duck shields himself with the lid of a trashcan. There’s a message in the top-left corner that says: “Graffiti is a art, and if art is a crime, let God forgive all.”
Lee George Quiñones. Howard the Duck. 1988. Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Mr. Martin Wong, 1994. 94.114.1

Bring a pencil and your artistic eye as we explore the history of this dynamic and homegrown artistic movement and meet the NYC "writers” who made graffiti into a worldwide phenomenon. 

Facilitated by Museum educators, participants in this virtual workshop will explore artists’ blackbook sketches, photographs of large-scale pieces, as well as works on canvas, and will respond creatively through guided drawing prompts.  

Open to educators in all grades and subject areas, this workshop will draw out curriculum connections across a wide array of topics and showcase engagement activities for building students' language and interpretative skills. 

FREE. Registration Required. 1.5 CTLE Hours. 

This workshop is geared toward educators but open to all with interest in the topic. This workshop will be conducted via Zoom; participants will need an internet-accessible device with audio capability to attend. The Zoom link will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.   

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Professional Learning programs are made possible in part by …a chance… fund, inc.  

Education programs in conjunction with City as Canvas were made possible by a grant from the Keith Haring Foundation Inc.   

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors. 

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