Creativity with pattern, color, and shape!
Contour drawing, patterning, movement, shape, and color are all combined in this Keith Haring-inspired whimsical people drawing art lesson that includes consideration of human body proportion, optional mixed-media elements, and several variations on color treatment.
Students can bring their own brand and level of creativity to this art activity. It can be varied and differentiated in many ways, including making connections to math, science, and physical education and with the addition of a writing extension.
Whimsical People is bundled with two additional lessons in Art With People
This lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- suggestions for observing art by Keith Haring
- step-by-step directions for the art-making activity
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- ideas for connecting the activity to other curricular areas
- writing extension suggestions
several ideas for varying these lessons with different media or color treatments, with photographs of student art work for reference.
-Also included: Informational text reading/response printables:
• About Keith Haring - informational text artist biography
• Thinking about Keith Haring - a “draw and write” response worksheet
This art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
Related art lessons:
Art With Faces
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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