Skateboard Design Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students are going to talk about skateboard art in terms of designing for a specific audience. They will apply their ideas to their own finalized skateboard design.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Connect design to specific audiences and subcultures.
  • Express the value of targeted design in commercial art.
  • Apply their knowledge to their own skateboard designs.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic and convey a style appropriate to the discipline and context as well as to the expertise of likely readers.


Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.


Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.


  • Slideshow of skateboard designs
  • Paper, old skateboards, or skateboard-shaped panels
  • Colored pencils, pastels, graphic design software, acrylics and/or spray paint


  • Begin class by asking them to think about why skateboards tend to have such elaborate designs on the bottoms of the boards. Discuss this as a class.
  • Show the class a slideshow of skateboard designs, or display several skateboards for them to examine. Discuss these designs as a class.
    • What sort of motifs do you see in these designs?
    • What is the overall aesthetic of these designs? How do color, shape, and line play into this? How would you describe these colors?
    • Do these designs rely on representational or abstract figures? How do text or calligraphy play into this design? What is the value of using stylized lettering?
    • Overall, what is the design of a skateboard meant to do? How does this help reinforce an identity? What specific market are skateboard designers catering to? How does the awareness of the consumer impact the designers' choices?

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