Keith Haring is a fun artist to teach to kids. His style is simple, the colors are solid (and easier for kids to paint) and although the figures are easy to identify, stories about what they are doing can be told in many different ways.
For this lesson, we looked at Keith Haring’s artwork and talked about what the figures were doing in each piece. We made a list of verbs and used them to play pictionary, but with a twist…instead of drawing, we painted and it had to be done in the style of Haring. When the ‘guessers’ guessed, they had to do it saying a whole sentence or it didn’t count. The kids had a great time and didn’t want the game to end.
Out of this lesson the kids learned a new artist, experienced sketching with a paintbrush (an instrument a lot harder to control than a pencil), used their imagination, expanded their vocabulary, used sentences in the present progressive (gerund) form and we’re betting that once again, they didn’t even realize they had learned all of that.
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