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What do you think of when you hear the word 'graffiti'?  Do you think it is a good or a bad thing? 


What is graffiti?


Graffiti is writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed secretly on a wall or other surface in a public place. It is generally considered to be vandalism. Vandalism is a crime and vandals can be punished.

One of the most radical contemporary art movements, "graffiti art" (also called "Street Art", "Spraycan Art", "Subway Art" or "Aerosol Art") commonly refers to decorative imagery applied by paint or other means to buildings, public transport or other property.


Is graffiti art or vandalism?

Graffiti, also known as street art, defines paintings or words written on public places. Some call this form of expression vandalism while others identify it as a form of art. According to the law, graffiti is vandalism. To scribble on another individual's property without their consent is illegal (against the law) in the United Kingdom. 



What is the difference in style between graffiti and street art?

 Graffiti is word-based, whereas Street Art is image-based.  Street art has a positive effect on how unique a cityscape looks. Street art is usually painted with permission or commissioned (asked for) where as graffiti mostly isn't.


Graffiti or Street Art?

Who is Banksy?


The simple answer is : no one really knows.


Banksy is an anonymous British graffiti artist. That means he keeps his identity hidden. He will not do media interviews, he won’t release his real name, and he will not allow photos or copies of his artwork to be made and sold.


 He produces pieces of work which pop up in public places, such as on the walls of buildings.  A lot of his art is done in a particular style which people can easily recognise.


He began spray-painting trains and walls in his home city of Bristol in the early 1990s. Bristol is well known for its colourful street art and graffiti.  But in the 2000s, he expanded his work beyond Bristol and was soon leaving his artistic mark all over the world.


He quickly became well known as an artist who would poke fun at big companies and send political messages through his work.


Examples of Banksy's street art. Which is your favourite?

Another famous Graffiti/Street artist is Keith Haring - read all about him and then have a go ON PAPER at copying his style!


ON PAPER, why not try writing your name from the graffiti alphabet or designing your own 'tag'...