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Grafitti Names


This project was a big hit once again! 5th graders learned about street artist Scape Martinez and used graffitti style writing to create their own artwork.

The kids loved looking and talking abotu street art. I think this artform is important for them to learn about because it is so contemporary and a huge influence on the art and design world. Street art is playing a major part in self-expression around the world and can be considered to be this generation’s form of pop-art.

Swarm by Today is a good day, via Flickr

They began by sketching out their ideas remembering to add “graffitti style” details like expressive lines, arrows, bubbles, and tangled letters.


They chose their favorite design and drew it on their big paper. 5th graders used sharpies to trace over their funky letters. They used liquid water colors to paint their artwork using intermediate colors.


These came out so great and make the 5th grade hallway look just like Krog Street Tunnel in Atlanta!

Awesome artwork:

017 018 020 021

029 (2) 030 027

023 025 026 027 (2) 028 (3) 029 (3)

The NEW ASSESSMENT SYSTEMΒ is working out really well. I respond to every student who leaves me a comment:


5th Graders are excited to begin working on their tessellation artwork next. Here is a preview of whats to come:


k: Chika Chika Boom Boom
1: Cool Dinosaurs in Hot Places
2: Complementary Flowers
3: Puzzle Trees
4: Spacescapes
5: Tessellations


Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

4 thoughts on “Grafitti Names

  1. This is a really cool idea. You’re so creative. I get that that’s why you’re an art teacher, but seriously, you come up with really awesome ideas. If I were teaching I’d have everyone draw their families one week and their pets the next. Lots of variety, ya know? Haha. I’m glad your evaluation technique is working out so well, too. Cool picture – I love the Krog Street tunnel!

    • Thank you! Kids love drawing their pets and families by the way. They really responded to the picture of Krog Street, several of them have driven through. This project resonated with my students and I think it was a great way to ease into art for the year. πŸ™‚

  2. Great idea and awesome video! My eighth grade has been asking me about graffiti lately and I would love to incorporate it this year. I am definitely going to use this video- the kids are always amazed when watching other people make art!

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