Friday, March 13, 2015

Keith Haring triptych

We've got a spontaneous urban art/graffiti theme going on in room B-6/

These triptych's were based on the art of Keith Haring.  Keith was an American artist and activist whose work responded to the street culture of New York City.  To begin this lesson, I presented them with a power point and showed them many examples of his artwork.  Keith did many of his drawings in the subway stations and was well known as "the subway artist".  The students were very interested in this.  It led to a great discussion about the difference between tasteful, positive graffiti and the negative, hasty graffiti that runs rampant through urban areas.

I provided students with a handout contain various Keith Haring line drawings.  We also discussed what some of these drawings symbolize.  Then students created there 5x7 drawings in the style of Keith Haring.  They were encouraged to be creative and combine his imagery in unique ways or come up with their own, which many did. they were asked to color their drawings using the three sets of complimentary colors.  When they finished, they were asked to explain in writing what their drawing represents.  Some of the stories were quite profound!  My students are so intelligent!

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