Street Art Intensive

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Instructor: Michael Conlin Member:235 | Non-Member:250 | Materials Fee: 45 Enrollment Max: 15

This week long Intensive focuses on the history of street art culture from inception to present. Through discussion and demonstration students will engage with and create street art. What is street art? There is as yet no simple definition of street art. It is an amorphous beast encompassing art which is found in or inspired by the urban environment. With anti-capitalist and rebellious undertones, it is a democratic form of popular public art probably best understood by seeing it in situ. It is not limited to the gallery nor easily collected or possessed by those who may turn art into a trophy. Considered by some a nuisance, for others street art is a tool for communicating views of dissent, asking difficult questions and expressing political concerns. Its definition and uses are changing: originally a tool to mark territorial boundaries of urban youth today it is even seen in some cases as a means of urban beautification and regeneration. Discussion based around concepts pertaining to art from a graffiti sub text to better understand key differences in and debunk myths surrounding the street art culture. Demonstration and participation in acts such as stenciling, wheat pasting, stickers and stamping, and spray paint will culminate in a group designed and executed work of art. This camp does not condone vandalism.