The Dallas Contemporary Teaches Kids How to Graffiti

Posted by    |    June 3rd, 2012 at 5:50 am

If teenagers are going to be roaming the streets tagging highway underpasses, they might as well be good at it. At least, that seems to be the logic behind Dallas Contemporary’s “Taking it to the Streets” summer workshops for teens, where young artists from 13 to 16-years-old can learn the technique, design, inspiration and execution behind street art from a master graffiti artist.

All joking aside, Dallas (aided in part by the Dallas Contemporary) has recently shown a new openness to street art, bringing in the likes of Shepard Fairey, Ben Flynn and Sour Grapes to beautify and enliven previously downtrodden parts of town. All you need to do is drive through Oak Cliff or West Dallas to see how much of an influence the murals have on the creative energy those neighborhoods have cultivated.

That said, DC’s workshops will allow participating teens to explore graffiti techniques such as silk screen, stencil and collage, all under the guidance and critique of a seasoned street artist. Students will also learn to draw inspiration from their lives and their communities, and will be challenged to create individual and group art works.

There are two sessions, each with a 20-student maximum. Each session is $150.

Session 1: June 18-June 22, 2012

Session 2: July 16-July 20,2012

You can download the registration form here, or contact Diane Sikes at