Born in the US in the late 1970’s, graffiti in its modern form has since invaded most of the planet, adding colors, messages and characters to our often bland urban landscape. Evolving throughout a couple of decades from pure vandalism to its own form of art, it has birthed countless internationally recognized artists, while changing the way we interact with our environment.
The Lebanese graffiti scene is fascinating and unique in many ways, starting with the almost unanimous support that the artists get from the population. Thanks to exceptionally tolerant laws regarding street art, Beirut is getting gradually covered with murals, Arabic or Latin letters, characters that quickly become emblematic and merge into its visual identity...
Learning graffiti is a great way to become a part of the ever evolving identity of a city. Adding meaning and colors to long abandonned walls, exploring the ways a handful of letters can be bent, twisted and played with to give them personality and “life”, inventing a character or a quote that will make the public stop and think about a topic that matters… Or simply decorating one’s appartment, vehicle or office.
The graffiti workshop at Skillz aims to teach students how to design their first graffiti on paper, then to collaborate on a real graffiti piece in Gemmayze, while also teaching them about the culture of street art through documentaries, videos and personal anecdotes.
Students who take part in this workshop will:
-Learn the basics of letter construction to create a graffiti name of their choice
-Be introduced to the rules, techniques and specificities of graffiti
-Discover the history of graffiti and street art
-Gain an in depth understanding of the art that can be found on the walls of any big city
-Participate in the making of an actual graffiti piece in the streets of Beirut, based on a design that will be a collaborative effort
Dates: 9, 16, 23 ,30 March and 6, 13 April
Days: 6 Saturdays with sessions of 1.5 hours
Time: 10:30 AM till 1:00 PM
About the teacher, Pierre (aka “Meuh”):
A devoted graffiti writer since 2006, I arrived in Beirut as a freelance journalist in September 2013. In the years that followed I participated in the organization of various workshops related to this practice, with students of high schools as well as with adults. I also created, in 2015, the first "graffiti tour" of Lebanon, which I have since been organizing every Saturday. In January 2016, the French Institute invited me to present a conference on Lebanese graffiti as part of the "Nuit des Idées". These experiences allowed me to develop different tools to teach the history of the graffiti movement, and to initiate different audiences to this ever growing form of art.