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!

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