Every year I study the awesomeness that is Keith Haring with my fifth graders. We talk about and practice drawing Haring-esque figures using proportion. And then we brainstorm how to contort the bodies in interesting ways, replacing parts of the body with other objects and removing parts so people could be somewhat hollow.
Every few years I tweak my approach to the lesson based on other lessons for that year. Some years this is simply a collage project, other years it’s been marker and paint, or collage and marker.
Regardless of the approach, my students enjoy this lesson because they don’t have to worry about drawing “perfect” figures, especially if we’ve already done a more realistic drawing project preceding it.
I have a few video clips that I like to use at the beginning of the first few lessons to get the kids excited about the lesson. When the music comes on and I turn it up, they’re all really surprised and not expecting it! Here are my favs:
And here’s one I use to show them the artist in action:
I love the playfulness of all of these student artworks! They did an amazing job.