Graffiti Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Is graffiti a form of art? This lesson plan explores this question with the help of a video lesson. A hands on activity gives students the chance to create graffiti.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'graffiti'
  • summarize the history of graffiti art
  • compare and contrast ancient graffiti and modern graffiti
  • explain the significance of graffiti


45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


  • Several images depicting graffiti
  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated video lesson
  • White butcher paper
  • Tape or push pins
  • Markers
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes


  • Display the images of graffiti for the class.
    • How would you describe these images?
    • What is the purpose of this type of art?
  • Play the video lesson What Is Graffiti? - Definition, History & Types, pausing it at 2:38. Ask the following question:
    • What was the purpose and significance of graffiti in ancient times?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class. Ask them:
    • How is modern graffiti different from ancient graffiti?
    • Do you think graffiti is art? Why or why not?
  • Distribute the paper copies of the worksheet and ask students to complete it using what they learned about graffiti from the video lesson.
  • When everyone has completed the worksheet, review each question and answer with the class in an open discussion format where students ask and answer questions on the content.

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