First Graders Learn About Street Artists COPE2 and Hanksy

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 at 6:02 am by

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Street art now taught in 1st grade, Photo: Ben Krause

Get ’em started early. That’s the mantra now…

Apparently, select first graders in downtown Manhattan are learning about street art luminaries as part of the usual art class. Lower East Side gallery owner Ben Krause sends along the above photo of his son holding onto Hanksy and COPE2 reproductions.

My son’s 1st grade class in downtown Manhattan has been studying street art as a part of their art class.  I was asked to come in and talk about some of the street artists i show, i.e.: COPE2 who started in all in the 70’s doing his COPE throwie and now the new breed like Hanksy who used images to make people laugh.

It’s amazing to me that street art has come so far that its not just in galleries and museums and auctions but in elementary school now.

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