Friday, September 26, 2014

Haring Art

3rd Grade: Keith Haring Art

3rd Graders studied Haring and his fun pop art style. Haring loved to draw as a child and make all kinds of stories and characters. He loved to draw cartoons. He drew everywhere..even on the subway trains. Soon, people took notice of all of his original ideas and published them in the newspaper. Haring had his own art shows at a young age and his art soon became an international phenomenon. His art was easily recognizable. He particularly enjoyed drawing figures in action, barking and dancing dogs, UFO's and hearts. His whimsical style was a big hit with students. We looked for lots of rhythm and movement in Haring's art. It seemed that all his art seemed to "move". There is a Haring Kids website that we watched complete with Haring's cartoons in animated form. Students loved watching dogs morph into hearts and action figures cloning themselves.

For this art, students began with drawing a simple head and body on a 3" x 4" white cardstock piece. I emphasized simple. The head was a circle and the body was a square or rectangle w/the bottom of the body flush with the bottom edge of the cardstock. No arms and legs are drawn. Students then cut this out and trace around it a number of times moving it around their 8" x 11" white cardstock paper. I encouraged between 3-5 tracings. Students then drew in arms and legs. The idea was lots of different poses. I drew some examples on the whiteboard and also gave them reference sheets w/various poses to refer to at their tables. We had a number of clever ideas including: dancing figures, shrugging figures, figures that were pointing, raising their hand, doing karate and scratching their head. I encouraged creativity. We wanted lots of different actions and movement going on in the pictures.Students then drew in other added whimsical elements. I had additional reference sheets for this that included: hearts, spirals, dancing and barking dogs, tv/ipad dogs, and ufo's. Students were also free to create their own cartoons. Students could create a story within the art as well.
Students then traced with black sharpie marker (both fine and extra fine were available). Students then added color to their cartoons w/markers. I emphasized limited palette (no more than 4 colors) or monochromatic (one color). This I think greatly helped the art from becoming overly busy. On the last day, students added gold and/or blue glitter tempera paint to some of the figures. Students could also add gold or silver sharpie outlines to the figures. Students also cut a paper frame for their art. The frame was very similar to snowflake making. A piece of construction paper larger than the art was folded twice. Students then cut on the 2 folded edges to create a design for the frame. Students glued their art onto the frame for display. This project took about 4 one hour class sessions. I think they came out  great and they are all so different. I love the imagination, the color choices and even the cool frames. I think this has been one of my favorite projects!

Great job 3rd Grade!!!

These were displayed in a horizontal format when hung on the walls at school. Somehow when I imported these pics into my computer the format went vertical. At any rate, these are fun to look at either way.