Street Art & Graffiti at LIU Post, Summer Re-Cap 2014

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illustration by Ryan Seslow

The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti at LIU Post Summer 2014 Re-Cap!

This is a NY State accredited 3 credit course created by artist and professor Ryan Seslow for LIU Post.

The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti is one of the first college level courses in the USA where students earn credits in this specific subject while experiencing and learning hands on studio practice and techniques.

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CAKE & Yoav Litvin pose with the class on the day of their presentations – 7/30/14

Guest Artists & Lecturers for this term:

(click on each artists name for their profile page & student reactions.)

Chris Stain

Leon Reid IV

SEBS

H.Veng Smith

Luna Park 

John Fekner

RJ Rushmore

Gabe Scheonberg / Graff Tours

CAKE

Yoav Litvin

Ryan Seslow

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Schedule 

Day #1 – 7/21/14 – The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti starts with a class overview, learning outcomes and expectations. A historical presentation on early Graffiti in NYC begins with who the early writers were and how styles developed and evolved. Understanding and identifying the difference between legal and illegal works.

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Day #2 – 7/22/14 – The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti starts with a tagging workshop in hand style, letters and creating a name. Followed by a guest lecture and aerosol demo from SEBS. SEBS presented the larger scale letter style building process, fill ins, outline and final accent process.

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Students collaborated with the guest artists on this group piece of tag names.

An H.Veng Smith Piper bird demo in process.

An H.Veng Smith Piper bird demo in process.

Day #3 – 7/23/14 – The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti starts with a refining tagging workshop in hand style and solidifying a tag name. Students collaborate on a group piece that displays their new identity. Followed by guest presentations and aerosol demos from Herb Smith aka VENG from RWK and photographer, archiver, and historian Katherine Lorimer aka Luna Park.

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Day #4 – 7/24/14  – The class met at 11 AM in New York City for a guided walking street art & graffiti tour of downtown Manhattan with NYC Graff Tours. SOHO, Nolita and the Lower East Side were covered.

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Photo taken by our guide Gabe via the NYC Graffiti Tour taken on 7/24

Day #5 – 7/25/14 – The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti hits the classroom for a continued lecture series of early NYC Graffiti as well as a screening of Style Wars. We discussed the importance of this great documentary and made contrasts to the street discoveries made in NYC the day before.

Chris Stain's stencil demonstration.

Chris Stain’s stencil demonstration.

Day # 6 – 7/28/14 – The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti begins the transition into Street Art. Identifying legal and illegal works, permission based murals versus non commissioned stencils. Beginning with a presentation and series of definitions, Chris Stain will present his work and the history of stencils. Chris will also lead the class in a demonstration on stencil cutting. Students will generate an edition of stencil prints and collaborate on a group piece.

Lee Quiñones • Howard the Duck, 1988 • Oil on canvas • Museum of the City of New York, gift of Martin Wong, 94.114.1

Lee Quiñones • Howard the Duck, 1988 • Oil on canvas • Museum of the City of New York, gift of Martin Wong, 94.114.1

Day #7 – 7/29/14 – The class will meet at 11 am in New York City at the Museum of the City of NY to view the Martin Wong Collection “City as Canvas” Graffiti exhibition. We will be meeting at the Museum at 11 am. Location – 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street) New York, NY 10029. Admission fee is $6 with student ID. Further info – http://www.mcny.org/content/city-canvas

Yoav

Day #8 – 7/30/14 – The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti continues with understanding various Street Art styles and techniques. Street art awareness, photography and the Outdoor Gallery book author Yoav Litvin will give a presentation on his work.

CAKE

Identifying wheat pastes and paste up process. Beginning with a presentation and series of definitions, CAKE aka Jennifer Caviola will present her work. CAKE will also lead the class in a demonstration on paste ups. Using stencil prints from the previous day and otherness, students will generate and collaborate on a group piece with CAKE.

Leon

Day #9 – 7/31/14 – The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti welcomes Public Artist Leon Reid IV to give a presentation on his work. Leon will discuss the transition from graffiti writer to public artist. Leon will lead the class in a group activity on developing public works of art.

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Day #10 – 8/1/14 – Final Class – Two final Skype based presentations via remote locations with John Fekner and Viral Art author RJ Rushmore will conclude the course.

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Final class assessment, learning outcomes and discussion. Students will present and discuss the works generated in the class. How will the information learned during the class influence each student? How will you apply the information learned through out the course?

Collab

A collaborative ongoing piece from The History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti at LIU Post. Working in the campus Printmaking studio, this piece features ongoing works by guest artists Chris Stain, Herb Smith, Nicky Sebs, Ryan Seslow & Susie Kelly on the door. More Artists will add to the piece as they visit during the class duration.

LIU Campus Library Book Resources

1. Scrawl : Dirty graphics & strange characters,
by Blackshaw, Ric., Farrelly, Liz. London : Booth-Clibborn Editions, 1999.

2. Street art, by Schwartzman, Allan. Garden City, N.Y. : Dial Press, 1985.

3. Subway art : 25th Anniversary edition,
by Cooper, Martha., Chalfant, Henry. San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, 2009.

4. Trespass : A history of uncommissioned urban art, by McCormick, Carlo, Seno, Ethel, Schiller, Marc., Schiller, Sara, Banksy, Pasternak, Anne, 1964, Serra, J. Tony. Köln : Taschen, c2010.

5. Getting up : subway graffiti in New York,
by Castleman, Craig, Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1982.

6. The History of American Graffiti, by Gastman, Roger , Neelon Caleb, Harper Design , April 5, 2011.

7. Viral Art, by RJ Rushmore, 2013 – download here- http://viralart.vandalog.com/

8. Outdoor Gallery, by Litvin, Yoav, Ginko press, 2014.

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LIU Campus Library IMA Video Resources

1. Exit Through the Gift Shop
by Banksy,  Oscilloscope Laboratories (Firm) [New York] : Oscilloscope Laboratories, 2010.

2. Next: A Primer on Urban Painting
by Aravena, Pablo, by New Video, 2010.

3. Style Wars
by Silver, Tony, Chalfant, Henry, Public Art Films, 1983.

4. Tats Cru: The Mural Kings
by Lia, Jonathan, & Kotlinski, Mark, Anthem NYC (Firm) [New York] : Anthem NYC, 2006.

5. Wild Style
by Ahearn, Charlie, Rhino Home Video [distributor], 2002.

6. Bomb It – by Reiss, Jon, 2007.

7. Graffiti-Post Graffiti – by Tschinkel, Paul, ART/new york, 1984.

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Check out the Class Image gallery here :: http://wp.me/P2SFO-1Qb

Many thanks to everyone who has helped and contributed to the ongoing development of this course! 

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