Street Art

street art

Street Art – considers whether street art can deliver a powerful, thought-provoking message that can change our perceptions. By the end, you will be able to discuss whether street art has a positive or negative impact on our community.

  • Time

    30-40 minutes

  • Main Skills


  • Theme and topic

    Human Ingenuity: Street Art

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    Audio Transcript and questions


Over the course of a month-long residency in New York in October 2013, Banksy and his team took to the streets. Watch the video and answer the questions that follow.

Listen to a podcast about the famous street artist called Banksy.

Complete the survey about Graffiti.  Look at the results and compare the answers of other people with your own.

1. Art is a way to express your feelings, and this is what graffiti means.
2. Street Artists leave a message on walls so that it can reach lots of people. A wall is the best place as it is accessible to everyone.
3. Street art can deliver a powerful, thought-provoking or hard-hitting message that would not be accepted in mainstream art forms.
4. Graffiti drives away business as people associate graffiti with a general decline in the area and an indicative of crime and gangs.
5. Graffiti erodes the Community. The negative perception of graffiti can send property values plummeting as it indicates the community is losing control.
6. We should clean up all graffiti, stop it from happening and get the people who do it to pay for cleaning it off the walls.


Here are the keywords and phrases to learn:

  • accessible
  • anti-social behaviour
  • authorities
  • common view
  • decline 
  • graffiti
  • hard-hitting message
  • perceptions
  • political
  • property values
  • social decay
  • subversive
  • thought provoking message
  1. Research a street artist, or choose a traditional artist. Create a short quiz using your research to find out how much your classmates know.
  2. Write a short script and record an audio or video using these prompts - a. What the work of art is. b. When you first saw it. c. What you know about it. d. Explain why you like it
  3.  Summarise the responses in the survey.

IB English B Language Skills

  • Listening & Speaking

    Skills to communicate both professionally and socially.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

IB English B Themes

  • Experiences

    Opportunities to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.

  • Human Ingenuity

    Opportunities to explore the sciences, technology and creativity.

  • Identities

    Opportunities to discover interests, values, belief and culture.

  • Sharing The Planet

    Opportunities to look at the challenges faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • Social Organization

    Opportunities to explore the way in which groups of people organise themselves through common systems or interests.

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