Advanced courses on graffiti and street art for professionals and enthusiasts
The Urbanario School offers the unique opportunity to access advanced education in the fields of graffiti and street art.
Whether you are an art professional or an enthusiast of art in the streets, or if you simply want to know more about this field, the Urbanario School allows you to delve into an in-depth study of graffiti, street art and related practices.
Teaching at the Urbanario School is 100% online and is designed and imparted by Javier Abarca, one of the leading thinkers in the fields of graffiti and street art. Abarca has taught about these topics internationally at university level since 2005.
Learning at the Urbanario School
A unique opportunity
The Urbanario School provides students, academics, and professionals with suitable intellectual foundations for working in projects related to graffiti and street art.
If you are simply interested in these topics, the school will give you all the keys needed to understand and enjoy them.
Both in-depth and accessible
Our video-lectures lay out complex issues in simple terms, providing an accessible window to this often obscure field.
Even without any previous knowledge you will easily acquire a full understanding of every relevant question.
A flexible methodology
Our video-lectures are freely streamable anytime, and you get permanent access to them.
You choose the calendar for your live Q&A sessions, and you can download the recordings.
Javier Abarca’s lectures are the product of a whole life of practice, research, networking and reflection, and have been worked on and improved for over 15 years. He has shared them with hundreds of students of every background, both in academic and independent settings.
Each video-lecture at the Urbanario School is profusely illustrated with carefully selected, high-quality images and videos. The school’s archive includes unpublished and exclusive material sourced from the teacher’s research work.
Learn with a leading thinker
The Urbanario School is also a showcase for the influential ideas developed by Javier Abarca in his texts and lectures. Abarca is known for his uniquely revealing critical approaches, as well as for his privileged access to obscure topics. The live Q&A sessions present opportunity for questions, reflection and debate.
Access our video-archive of guest artists
Our talks with guests provide students with unique views inside the processes and motivations of some of the most forward-thinking and reflective actors in the graffiti and street art scene.
Join our community of graffiti and street art enthusiasts
Our students come from different countries and backgrounds, and our live events always bring about interesting conversations. Our Telegram chats are unique sources for information and debate. In them, students, ex-students and artists friends of Urbanario mingle, and there is always new content to learn and discuss about.
Quotes about the teacher
As the person behind the Unlock Book Fair and the Tag Conference, Javier Abarca is a central figure in the community of researchers focused on graffiti and street art.
He has a long history of thinking and writing about these topics and, crucially, emphasizes the importance of paying attention to not just centrally-placed and flashy graffiti pieces and large-scale murals, but also to out-of-the-way and less conspicuous interventions.