Introduction to the Visual Arts

Painting (Summer)

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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!


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, 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 starving 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


  • The Art Walls are NOT open weekdays!
  • The Art Walls are Open Sat & Sun from 10am to 1/2 hour before sunset.
  • Venice Art
Megan Stevens writing her name in bubble letters
Megan Stevens


Wherever you paint, be sure your blog post includes a clear photo of YOU with YOUR WORK.


  • Free: On the street, far, walk!
  • Really Close: about $15
  • Earlier tends to be easier

Glenn & Tea

I will be there on Saturday from 10a to 1p. You really don’t need any help from me, but it’d be nice to say “Hi!” and hangout. I’ll bring some iced tea too!


  • Do a Pencil Sketch of your name in Bubble Letters in advance.
  • Paint your name in Bubble Letters. At least 2 Colors.
  • Blog it! Include a few pictures and talk about your experience. Be sure your blog post includes a clear photo of YOU with YOUR WORK.
  • BTW: you have more paint than you’ll need to just do your name. Have fun! Paint other stuff too!

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!