Where Art Lives Curriculum

Each Where Art Lives class flows differently depending on the needs and interests of everyone involved.

Class at Glide MemorialBelow is an outline of the Where Art Lives curriculum. Contact Todd Berman whereartlivessf@gmail.com for more details.

Curriculum Outline


  • Imagine ourselves as property owners in San Francisco and design signs for our businesses and organizations.
  • Explore self expression.
  • Everyone gets a sketchbook to begin to develop their personal styles.
  • Homework: observe what’s painted on the public walls in your neighborhood.


  • Examine examples of street art and develop a vocabulary to describe it.
  • Discuss how different types of street art and graffiti can affect the mood of a neighborhood.
  • Learn some drawing techniques.
  • Spend time drawing and reflecting.
  • Homework: keep drawing!


  • What are facts around vandalism laws and artist rights in San Francisco?
  • How can we identify the difference between public art, illegal graffiti, and advertising?
  • Begin final project. Students work together to decide how they think their neighborhood should be decorated.
  • Homework: talk to people in your community about what values they would like to see promoted.


  • Students design and draw the neighborhood they would like to live in. They design murals they would put on the sides of their property.
  • Photograph the finished art and share it with the world.

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Community Arts, Education & Grants Committee Meeting

July 11
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Full Arts Commission Meeting

July 10
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

City Hall | Rm 416
Public Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting

July 24
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Street Artists Committee Meeting

July 12
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125