Bob Bryan, Executive Producer / Director
BRYAN WORLD PRODUCTIONS, LLC.
Los Angeles, CA -- Multi-Award Winning Filmmaker Bob Bryan has just revealed that he has completed the first of it's kind The Graffiti Verite' Hip-Hop Curriculum Teachers Workshop Guide. (see below). The Graffiti Verite' Hip-Hop Curriculum Teachers Workshop Guide will be simultaneously released along with the companion documentary Graffiti Verite' 5: The Sacred Elements of Hip-Hop (GV5).
Time: 42 Minutes) reflects all
the elements of the contemporary urban Hip-hop movement, as well as,
its relevant background history and special uniqueness as a multi-faceted
communications medium. These elements include Turntablism
( DJing ), Break dancing, MC’ing (Rapping) and Graffiti Art. In addition, the Curriculum Workshop Guide includes hands-on exercises, which can be performed in a classroom or after school workshop setting i.e.: Teaching the art of writing poetry vs. the Oral and written traditions of Rap, MCing, the fundamentals of DJing, the basic techniques of Graffiti Art and the skills of the Breakdancer.
"I realized there was a great need for this kind of creative and
educational approach, in order to connect with today's youth. Innovation and
relevancy is a necessity! This was learned first hand by working with my own
young boys in Elementary, Middle and High School," explains Bob.
Recently, Mr. Bryan released Graffiti Verite’ 4 (GV4) which instructs spray can novices in The Basic Techniques for Creating Graffiti Art on Walls and Canvas. GV4 has recently won the 2003 URBAN INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS for Best Documentary and Soundtrack of The Year.
“The Educational value in this fresh Hip-Hop Curriculum approach
is so high. There's an opportunity here to tap into the dynamic modalities of Hip-hop,
to acknowledge the different learning styles, creative intelligence's, preoccupation and
passions of our children. We can accomplish all this, while fulfilling the educational goals
and objectives of our educational system. These educational goals can complement each
other, and does not need to be mutually exclusive! In 2003 we cannot afford to ignore the
fact that Eminem has won an Oscar, and that Hip-hop music has become the pervasive
soundtrack for our lives here in the 21st Century.” -Bob Bryan, Filmmaker and Author
Interestingly enough Mr. Bryan’s curriculum and supplementary documentary Graffiti Verite' 5: The Sacred Elements of Hip-Hop were inspired by the observations and the brilliant theories of "Multiple Intelligence Teaching," championed by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. The Hip Hop Curriculum Teachers Workshop Guide and GV5 are available (purchased separately) exclusively to all schools and libraries throughout the USA, in September 2003.
" Bob, I really enjoyed your video! It had some great dialogue in
it from the kids, as well as,
the adults. I think that you brilliantly captured a candid view of today’s ‘American kid’.
Although all students weren’t into hip-hop, you were able to show kids communicating on a
level that any average teen can relate to, whether they are Hip-hop heads, Preps, Thrashers’
I really like your work, and I will definitely refer to you and your work in my seminars. I’m
excited to see Hip-Hop ‘come of age’ where we are able now to tell our own story, and you are
representing very well. "
Peace & Blessings Bob!
- Fred, Richardson, Texas
"I think GV5
bridges the gap between rural and urban life and shows what happens
when those cultures meet. Everyone who has seen the tape thinks you did a wonderful
job of portraying Metro High School, Cedar Rapids, IA and the people involved in the
"Hello, I would like to place an order for the following items. Graffiti
Verite' 5: The Sacred
Elements of Hip-Hop, The Hip-Hop Curriculum Teachers Workshop Guide and
GV4: The Basic Techniques for Creating Graffiti Art on Walls and Canvas.
I am a high school art teacher so I would probably need to purchase the videos with public
performance rights....I am not sure how I happened upon your site, but it is fantastic !
I have owned GV 1, 2
for several years now. I use them when conducting a graffiti
experiment and graf unit with my Visual Art 1 students. Invariably, it is their favorite project
all year. I have several students who are pursuing graffiti outside the classroom. I would like
to keep encouraging them in a positive manner.
I am looking forward to the spring where we will try to launch our first
Hip-Hop Slam. This day
long event will feature a graffiti contest for high school students from our county in conjunction
with artist demos of graffiti, tattooing and airbrush. After the contest, the competing pieces
will serve as a backdrop for our Hip-Hop Dance team's concert. We will have a spoken word /
poerty slam / rap contest during the show as well... I am looking forward to this year and can
see the new videos being extremely helpful."
Jan, Visual Arts Instructor, High School, North Carolina
By considering the eclectic disciplines of Hip-Hop, educators can make use of this youth movement, lifestyle, communications medium and artistic expression, to connect and deepen students knowledge of themselves, and the world around them, thereby educating them. All this while teaching them the 4R’s, embraced with a fierce musical back beat, powerful and personal poetic lyricism and a dramatically colorful backdrop. ”
Model - Tapping’ in.
"The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. These intelligences are:
1. Linguistic intelligence (" word smart ")
2. Spatial intelligence (" picture smart ")
3. Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence (" body smart “)
4. Musical intelligence (" music smart ")
5. Interpersonal intelligence (" people smart ")
6. Intrapersonal intelligence (" self smart ")
7. Naturalist intelligence (" nature smart ")
8. Logical-mathematical intelligence (" number/reasoning smart ")
Gardner says that our schools and culture focus most of their attention
on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence. We esteem the highly
articulate or logical people of our culture. However, Dr. Gardner says
that we should also place equal attention on individuals who show gifts
in the other intelligences: the artists, architects, musicians, naturalists,
designers, dancers, therapists, entrepreneurs, and others who enrich
the world in which we live. Unfortunately, many children who have these
gifts don’t receive much reinforcement for them in school. Many of these
kids, in fact, end up being labeled "learning disabled,"
"ADD (attention deficit disorder," or simply underachievers,
when their unique ways of thinking and learning aren’t addressed by a heavily
linguistic or logical-mathematical classroom. The theory of multiple intelligences
proposes a major transformation in the way our schools are run. It suggests
that teachers be trained to present their lessons in a wide variety of
ways using music, cooperative learning, art activities, role play, multimedia,
field trips, inner reflection, and much more."
- Dr. Thomas Armstrong, Author and Speaker
Both The Graffiti Verite' Hip-Hop Curriculum Teachers Workshop Guide and companion Documentary GV5 are both available for distribution to certified teachers, art instructors, schools and libraries by distribution agents assigned by Bryan World Productions, LLC. The workshop guide can be ordered directly.
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