Musings about the importance and impact of art and art education in the 21st century.

Musings about the importance of art and art education

4th Graders love Keith Haring

♠ Posted by ArtMuse in at 7:30 PM

Keith haring is one of my favorite artists to teach children.  His art always captivates and intrigues children and his style is easy to replicate.  I feel like students get really excited when they see that they can create something that looks like a 'real' work of art (even though they are wonderful artists already).  This lesson took about 6 sessions and at the start of each we looked at a different Haring work, and every time we did, students were totally enthralled.  As a follow up activity for students who finished early I gave out a Keith Haring coloring book  and some thumb-nail sized reference pictures to use as inspiration for some 'free drawing' time and even those came out great.
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The vocabulary in the lesson included: symbolism, color, line, shape, and design.  The requirement for the project was that it has to contain 3 or more figures, and 5 or more designs. 

Check out Sam Rohn 360 panormaic photography - it has a great photo of the Haring mural in NYC, I used my smarboard to show the students this photo and scroll around and they loved it!