Graffiti & Street Art Workshop in New York City (Brooklyn)

Public - This is held publicly almost every day at 1:15pm. The length is 60 minutes and it takes place outdoors. The price is $35, and there is an $8 discount per person when you purchase this along with the graffiti walking tour. Select your date here, and then go to the Tour page and select your date there too. This workshop is included with most tourist passes.

Private - This is also offered for private groups. The program consists of a 60 minute lesson. Meeting time is customizable. The price is $170 for up to 4 people. Then $15 for each additional person up to 16. For an indoor location add $80. For more than 16 people, please see low down on this page where it says 'Groups.'

A 1 hour walking tour can be added for $80, or 2 hours for $150. Each of these prices is for up to 4 people. For each additional person (up to 16) add another $5 per person for 1 hour or $10 per person for 2 hours.

Groups / DMC's / Tour Operators - Please scroll lower on this page for more information.


Description:

Ready to get down and dirty with graffiti? Enjoy a hands-on lesson which will teach you about this controversial art form.

In recent years graffiti and street art have become increasingly more popular and appreciated by the public. Simple scrawls have evolved into detailed mural compositions. Now is the time to learn more about this exploding artistic phenomenon!

A respected New York City street artist will immerse you in this underground world. They will begin the graffiti workshop by walking you through a brief overview and basics. Then he or she will introduce you to essential painting techniques and theories. This includes tags (small), throw-ups (medium) and pieces (large). See a live demonstration of basic paint techniques and observe the artist’s process. Then get ready to participate hands-on!

Become an amateur graffiti artist yourself by working on a colorful masterpiece under the tutelage of your expert instructor. Everyone will get a chance! Watch the canvas come to life with vibrant colors. By the end of this workshop you will leave with an introductory understanding of graffiti and its application. You will have learned basics of the trade and will have worked on a unique piece of graffiti art!

Workshop usually takes place in Brooklyn or New York City. All workshops take place outdoors unless otherwise specified.

Please note: any person under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Any adult accompanying a child must be registered/paid - regardless of whether they plan to spray or participate. The reason for this is that we have limited space. We cannot have extra people present. Also, part of the experience is watching - so if someone is present they are participating just by being there. We apologize for any inconvenience with this policy. This is the same policy as any theater, tour, etc.


Save $8 when you purchase the public graffiti walking tour too.

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Men and women posing with paint cans

Teenage girl spray painting on a canvas.



Here are some basics of the graffiti workshop:

Tag

A tag is the most basic type of graffiti. It is essentially a signature - the psuedonym of the tagger. It is executed quickly, and is almost always just one color. Tags are not meant to impress with their visual appearance; it is more about quantity than quality. To deploy a tag in an unauthorized public place is called "bombing" or "getting up." Getting up in lots of places will attract attention or admiration from other graffiti writers.

Writing a tag is easy and anyone can do it (in a legal setting, of course!). Just pick a catchy name and write it out. First start simple; then you can develop details that will make your tag into a unique callsign.

Graffiti tag in Brooklyn


Throw-up

A throw-up is the mid-size of graffiti. It is larger than a tag and takes more time. A throw-up will be more visually detailed than a tag; and will take somewhat longer time to execute. Here is where artistic talent comes into play. A throw-up will have some basic details and embellishments. A throw-up will have exactly two colors: an outline; and fill. It will demonstrate some moderate lettering skills.

Once you have developed tagging skills you can go on to do throw-ups. You will need some experience in order to create it in a quick and efficient manner.

Brooklyn graffiti throw up


Masterpiece

A masterpiece - AKA a 'piece' - is the forum for demonstrating advanced graffiti painting skills. A piece will be large, colorful, and detailed. It will have at least 3 colors. It will feature bold lettering, usually in a specific graffiti style (ex. Broadway style, wild style). Because masterpieces takes longer to paint, in New York City they are most often done in a secluded or authorized location. Creating a masterpiece illegally in a public place is prohibitively difficult. A piece is 'quality over quantity.'

You will need experienced, finely-honed skills in order to create an impressive graffiti masterpiece.

Brooklyn graffiti masterpiece

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 


 

Private workshop lessons

This is also offered for private groups.

It's perfect for families, friends, etc.

The program consists of a 60 minute lesson. All supplies are provided, and you can take home the canvas at the end.

The price is $170 for up to 4 people. Then $15 for each additional person up to 16. For more than 16 people, please see below on this page where it says 'Groups.'

A 1 hour walking tour can be added for $80, or 2 hours for $150. Each of these prices is for up to 4 people. For each additional person (up to 16) add another $5 per person for 1 hour or $10 per person for 2 hours.

This can be customizable.

We can combine this with a birthday party, event etc. It will need to be customized, and therefore the cost might be higher. Please contact us to discuss it.

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Groups / DMC's / Tour Operators

This is perfect for schools, students, corporate, incentive, team-building, etc.

We can accommodate up to 100 or more people. For a large group, we like to split the crowd into shifts. For example, if there are 50 people, we will split them into 2 shifts. One shift will take the 1 hour workshop while the other shift takes the 1 hour walking tour. Then we switch them for the 2nd hour. So the total time length is 2 hours.

Here are the rates (Retail):

17-40 people outdoors: $27 per person

17-40 people indoors: $37 per person

41+ people outdoors: $24 per person

41+ people indoors: $34 per person

Add 1 hour walking tour: $13 per person (no matter how many people more than 16)

Add 2 hour walking tour: $24 per person (no matter how many people more than 16)

Please note that these are retail rates. We offer tiered pricing and net rates for travel trade. Please contact us for details.

We can combine this with an event etc. It will need to be customized, and therefore the cost might be higher. We can also bring the workshop to a location that you provide. Please contact us to discuss these things.

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