Saturday, 28 July 2018

Keith Haring Art

Today we began exploring the art work of  Keith Haring, an American pop artist.

We looked at some of his paintings, murals and sculptures and discussed what we noticed about his use of colour, shapes, lines and what the artwork is about.

Keith Haring uses bright and vibrant colours. Jace and Tayla noticed the following colours; 
red, purple, yellow, blue, green and black.

I asked nga tamariki what shapes the artist used. 


I see the shape of a toddler -Jace
I see a square shape - Bently
Person - Sophie
A triangle - Shavannah
I can see a race car track - Jackson. H
A guy is hitting him with a chip - Ryan
I see a triangle shape - Emma-Rose
A circle shape, a person shape - Avon

Keith Haring also uses simple black line designs so we discussed his use of lines.

There is like lines across the animal thing - Tyler
There is a shape of the head - curved line - Cayden

I realised that most of our students noticed the image, but they struggled to identify and talk about the shapes and the different ways in which the artist uses line to create the artwork. A perfect opportunity in maths for us to develop and extend our knowledge of shapes and lines.

We completed our discussion about the artworks by sharing our thoughts about what the artwork is about. I was surprised and moved by some children's responses.

Its about angels and a green thing , a demon trying to eat the angels - Tayla
A person holding a baby - Charlie
I can see that this little person is trying to help these people care for these people. These people look like they are fighting. There is a love heart - Tumu
They are starting to fight. They are getting ready to fight. They are getting a big kick ready. They are ninjas - Avon
Well this one is giving another person a high five and this one is a wee bit of fighting and have fallen over - Macca
Looks like a family of t.v's. Their head is a t.v - Jackson.H

After watching a presentation about Keith Haring we learned the following facts about him and his artwork...

Mihi - He has done statues all around the world
Kaylah - He likes to make art and drawings
Jackson - He made art near the subway trains
Zoe - He made badges and he was a famous artist
Charlie - He travelled the whole world
Shivesh - He loved drawing
Tayla - He did art shows and stuff
Jahzaiah - Other people copied his ideas
Jace - He liked to work with kids

Keith Haring uses cartoon images in his artworks. We gave it a go to create our own cartoon images from a stick figure that we drew an outline and coloured it in. Next time we might try adding in the movement lines.



Please make sure that you pop in to class to check out our Keith Haring Stick figure cartoon drawings that we made!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Exploring the Human Heart.

As part of our wondering about the human body. Some children were curious to know what an organ is and if exercise helps the body. 
So we set up a provocation for the students with the following questions about an organ that benefits from exercise...

What keeps your heart healthy?

How big is your heart?

Where is your heart?

What do you see, think and wonder?

What is blood? What does it do?

What happens to your heart when you run, jump, walk?

As students made their way around the classroom we sat back and observed. We were excited to see what they would do and how they would answer the questions.

"It keeps you alive!" - Honour.P
"It's sauce! " - Ethan
"I think it feels like slime. When you cut yourself your blood comes out of your cut." - Kaylah
"It is moisturery." - Tyler

Blood keeps you going - Tyler & Bently
It keeps you alive - Tumu
It helps your bones - anonymous
Water - Legend

"I'm finding some food but theres no food. Fruit would give energy." - Jaxxon
"Fruit.' - Emma-Rose
"Sushi." - Cayden

"It looks yum and it's healthy." - Avon
"Avocado?"- Blake
"Does avocado keep us healthy?" - Blake

"Large, it is a heart shape." - Mihi
"It is kind of love heart, triangle shape. It's the size of my two hands
or just a little bit bigger." - Jace
"It's big as." - Blake

"It has bunny ears and it's real." - Madeleine

It's the shape of a..., it looks like a thumbs up and its size is...
your heart is 10 metres long!" - Tumu

"It can't break." - Shivesh

"I see a brain. I think it's a brain? I wonder if someone killed a cow
because it looks squishy and it has a light pink on it and lines." - Tumu
"I see a brain. I think it is a persons." - Honor 
"Is it meat?' - Tayla
"No it's not. It's a brain." - Blake
"Does it have blood in it?" - Blake
"It feels funny." - Blake

"My heart was thumping while I was running." - Zoe
"The heart goes beeping fast." - Madeleine
"It was beeping, yeah the heart. My heart was puffing after the skipping." - Calen
"Why is your hand on your chest? " - Miss T
"Because I'm listening to it." - Jace
"What can you feel?" - Miss T
"It's going out a little bit." - Jace

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