Art & Literacy: (Keith Haring) The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

As chance would have it, a fellow teacher was kind enough to leave me the most enormous, wonderful, and sturdy cardboard box in my room. To an art teacher, this box made me feel as though it was Christmas in March. Within minutes, previously planned lessons for the day were erased and students had paintbrushes in their hands. It was a Keith Haring kind of day!

As a quick introduction, I read the wonderful book by Keith Haring’s sister, Kay Haring, The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing. After the book was over everyone was eager to paint buildings, walls and sidewalks….but we compromised and decided the box would be our best choice (for now). Keith Haring is a great artist for kids to explore because his paintings are bright, bold and communicate powerful messages. Most students have seen his iconic people before so his work is familiar to many.

8:50 am: 2nd grader is hard at work painting the box! 

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9:15 am: 2nd grade worked beautifully together! 

10:00 am: 3rd grade is now hard at work feeling in the Keith Haring inspired drawing. 

10:40 am: 4th grade added a few finishing touches and worked together to mix colors!

11:35 am: 6th grade painted their hearts out and helped with all the finishing touches! 

Drum Roll…. 

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Kindergarten & 1st grade added small drawings in the afternoon. 

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