Introduction to the Visual Arts

Painting (Summer)

2D Art: Painting

Spray Paint your name in Bubble Letters, 2 colors

two women sitting on a narrow wall at the Venice Beach Art Walls, Venice Beach, CA
Alana (Amanda’s niece) & Amanda sitting on top of Amanda’s name!


Almost Anywhere

You can paint anywhere that’s legal! A piece of cardboard or plywood in your backyard is great. Occasionally someone’s parents will let them paint their garage door or backyard wall.

Optional Location: Venice Art Walls

At the Venice Art Walls you can:

  • Paint your name
  • See other painting, from beginner classmates to some awesome murals by pros
  • Sun, Sand, Surf, Palm Trees
  • Art Walls, Skate Park, Basketball Courts, and Muscle Beach are all next to each other
  • Eclectic mix from rich & famous artists (Digital Domain, Chiat Day, Frank Gehry, Claes Oldenburg, Jonathan Borofsky, Mark DiSuvero) to artists selling paintings on the Venice Boardwalk for $5!
  • Cheap Slices of Giant Pizza

Other cool things in Venice

While you’re there you might like to check out:


  • Venice Art Walls: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice CA 90291
  • Venice Skate Park: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
  • Small World Books: 1407 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
  • LA Louvre Gallery: 45 North Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291


  • Free: On the street, far, walk!
  • Really Close: about $15
  • Earlier tends to be easier
Megan Stevens writing her name in bubble letters
Megan Stevens

Art Activity

  • Do a Pencil Sketch of your name in Bubble Letters in advance.
  • Paint your name in Bubble Letters. At least 2 Colors.
  • Make it awesome!
  • You have more paint than you’ll need to just do your name. Have fun! Paint other stuff too!

Your Canvas Blog Post

  • Photos or Video of your activity
  • Talk about your experience
  • Be sure your post includes a clear PHOTO of YOU with YOUR WORK.

Painting Bubble Letters

Jessica Harrington in front of the Venice Beach, CA Art Walls showing her painting permit
Lil Mex (Jessica Harrington) with her Venice Artwall Painting Permit in 2011. You used to have to show ID and fill out a form to get a permit. It seems like lately you just show up and paint. You should still ONLY paint on Sat & Sun. And even though you’ll see paint all over the trees, you should only paint on the Art WALLS. Have fun!