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The Signature-Tag™ is the first lesson for getting students to understand using their name as the content and source of their art. The signature becomes a direct symbol and character that represents one’s personal expression and embodies who a student is as a person and eventually carries a spiritual connection unique to each individual.
Study of letters in the alphabet that involves learning letter structure and fundamentals of learning how to draw letters. This is achieved by using a grid technique that identifies the shapes and components of each letter.
After a basic understanding of letter structure students begin the development of Style Writing, making a graffiti name by drawing and creating a personal style with form, dimension, design and embellishments where a name becomes the expression and content of the art.
Quickut™ (Quick Cut)
A collage technique of cutting letters out of color paper, fabric, or other 2D materials without drawing or rendering the letters first, no pre-drawing the letters. This is a conceptual exercise where the scissors (or cutting tool) acts as the pencil. Students are asked to visualize what the letters look like and freely cut them out of the material being used.
The combination of spray paint elements mixed with collage elements designed to help people feel and understand graffiti lettering as an art form, on a modular scale. It opens the door to understanding graffiti as an art and using a name to make art.
The face stencil has become a favorite activity in the SPRAYFINGER® program. It is taught as a Street Art element and is a great way for students to have fun with aerosol and control how it is applied. Photographs of the students are turned into high contrast black/white images that are then projected and traced/drawn into the shapes that make the stencil on paper. Students cut out the shapes with X-acto knives, and the stencils are painted as many times as possible.
The art of controlling spray paint is the paramount skill of the graffiti writing culture. SPRAYFINGER® teaches many principles of can control as exercises to develop and practice this ability. Some of the nine principles identified include: Hand eye coordination, grip and finger pressure, distance, speed, angle, and nozzle (cap).
Portable practice wall/surfaces of 4’ x 8’ OSB plywood supported by free standing posts for painting their names made during the AlphaGraph™/Name-Making™/Sprallage™ sessions. Students begin practicing painting larger pieces and understanding how spray paint is used to create graffiti-styled pieces.
This curriculum component is for advanced students. It is very important that serious students understand the pioneers and legends that created this art and movement for historical preservation, honoring those that came before, and passing on knowledge to the next generations. Students select and read up on an artist of their choice from the SPRAYFINGER® library. They select a painting from the reading material and draw it on paper and then paint it on a JamWall™ as accurately as possible. This exercise is only for advanced students because it requires a degree of understanding about CanControl; a deeper understanding of the art; and the difficult execution of this craft to appreciate the skill, genius and contributions to the art world by the masters of graffiti art.
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