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 extended in many ways, including making connections to math, science, and physical education and with the addition of a writing extension.
Whimsical People 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
- 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 comprehensive lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis.
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.
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Whimsical People is bundled with two additional lessons
in Art With People
The About Keith Haring printables are also included in Learn to Draw Squiggly People.
Other related art lessons you might enjoy:
Art With Faces
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
Creating Art With Kids
lessons are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
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