The Urbanario School was founded by Javier Abarca as an online platform for his teaching about graffiti and street art.
Abarca is one of the leading thinkers in the field, and has 15 years of experience teaching these topics internationally at university level. Detailed CV here.
Why study at the school
A unique opportunity
The Urbanario School offers an unprecedented opportunity to access advanced education in the fields of graffiti and street art. It provides students, academics, and professionals with suitable intellectual foundations for working in projects related to these fields.
Both in-depth and accessible
Lectures are immersive and entertaining and lay out complex issues in simple terms, providing an accessible window to this often obscure field. They allow both specialists and newcomers to delve into an in-depth study of the intricacies of graffiti, street art and overlapping practices as they interrelate with society.
Learn with a leading thinker
The 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 seminars present ample opportunity for questions, reflection and debate.
Talk with select guest artists
Our live Q&A sessions with guests provide students with unique views inside the processes and motivations of key artists, selected by the teacher among the most forward-thinking and reflective actors in the scene.
Benefit from our flexible methodology
The methodology of the school adapts easily to your needs. Lectures are freely streamable, and the main scheduled events take 2 hours per week. All content is recorded and streamable, and you retain access to everything after your course ends.
Join our community of graffiti and street art enthusiasts
Sign up for the school and join our community. We hold weekly ‘watch parties’ in which we discover obscure treasures together, and our thematic Telegram chats are a great source for information and debate.
How the school works
The school works fully online and offers the following kinds of content:
Understanding Street Art is a four-week online course offering a detailed exploration of street art, from the humblest interventions to the large-scale murals. It studies its history in depth, dissects its inner workings as an art practice, and lays out an incisive critical analysis of its politics.
The program features Q&A sessions with guest artists MOMO (US) and Eltono (FR), and other extras.
Lectures are freely streamable, and the main scheduled events take 2 hours per week. You retain access to all content after the course ends.
July 1–29, 2021
• 10 hours of streamable lectures
• 10 hours of seminars – Thursdays 6–8pm
• Guest artist: Eltono (FR) – July 5, 6–8pm
• Guest artist: MOMO (US) – July 26, 6–8pm
• Watch parties – Fridays 6–7pm
• Thematic Telegram chats
• Permanent access to lectures and recordings
All hours GMT+1
Taught in English
This course offers the following content:
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.
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A historic, theoretical and critical analysis
Online course | July 1–29, 2021