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Keith Haring Inspired Art Project for Kids

Keith Haring Elementary-Aged Art Project Idea

My son learned about the famous artist Keith Haring in his 2nd-grade art class. The drawing he made during this Pop Art unit is hanging on our kitchen art wall.

2nd Grade Kid's Artwork - teaching characteristics of Keith Haring's iconic faceless people artwork. Baseball playing cartoon figures.
Keith Haring inspired 2nd Grade Art Project

This week my son asked if we could make another project together using Keith Haring’s Pop Art style. Of course, the answer was yes, and we started our plans for SATURDAY ART DAY!

Example of 2nd Grade Keith Haring Art Project

My son’s art teacher used the “Roll A Haring” dice game by OneEyedPak to help students identify consistent features of Keith Haring’s work.

Roll A Haring by OneEyedPak - a fun dice game that teaches kids to look at characteristics of Keith Haring's work and to make their own designs using key features.

Graffiti Aesthetic Style

We’re drawn to Keith Haring’s graffiti aesthetic style because it is full of movement, vibrant colors, and bubbly shapes. As a professional artist, Keith consciously involved children in the art-making process. In fact, he reportedly LOVED teaching art to youth and running workshops for children.

Features of Keith Haring’s Work

Keith Haring’s iconic work became famous in the 1980s. Keith created his own visual vocabulary — specifically, symbols — that he used repetitively in his work. For example: The Barking Dog, The Radiant Baby, Three-Eyed Monster, The Flying Devil, and The Angel. The Dancer and the SpaceShip are also very well known.

Keith Haring's iconic work became famous in the 1980s. Keith created his own visual vocabulary --- specifically, symbols --- that he used repetitively in his work. For example: The Barking Dog, The Radiant Baby, Three-Eyed Monster, The Flying Devil, and The Angel. The Dancer and the SpaceShip are also very well known. Get inspired by our kid-friendly Keith Haring art project.
© Image Artsy.net. This Icons (Portfolio), 1990 is for sale by David Benrimon Fine Art.

How to Draw like Keith Haring

Encourage children to make their own artistic renderings made in the style of Keith Haring. Point out these characteristics:

  1. Cartoonish Style — thick black lines
  2. Bright, Vibrant Solid Colors — flat spaces
  3. Add Ons — hearts, boomboxes, televisions
  4. Rays — thick black lines that arc around people’s faces and bodies
  5. Motion Lines — arcs and straight lines depicting movement and emotion
  6. Grafitti-Style People — faceless and fingerless

Kid-Friendly Bio of Keith Haring

The Keith Haring Foundation is a FANTASTIC teaching resource. The Foundation was established by Keith before his death and helps to fund AIDs research and help kids in need. You can read and share Keith Haring’s child-friendly bio and take a more in-depth look at Keith Haring’s life on HaringKids.com. There’s also great FlipBook videos of his work, too.

Get inspiration for a Keith Haring-inspired Kids Art Project. Learn what characteristics make Keith's work unique -- like motion lines, bright solid colors and cartoon styled faceless people. Our final artwork includes our very own The Hairy Dog, The Dancing Boy and The Blue Lego Brick.

Floss Dancin’ Dude, Hairy Dog, and Blue Lego Brick

Here’s what we made! Introducing our own Keith Haring-inspired symbology:

  • The Hairy Dog
  • The Dancin’ Dude
  • The Blue Lego Brick + Baseball Cap

And our characters are FLOSSING!!!!!

Get inspiration for a Keith Haring-inspired Kids Art Project. Learn what characteristics make Keith's work unique -- like motion lines, bright solid colors and cartoon styled faceless people. Our final artwork includes our very own The Hairy Dog, The Dancing Boy and The Blue Lego Brick.
Get inspiration for a Keith Haring-inspired Kids Art Project. Learn what characteristics make Keith's work unique -- like motion lines, bright solid colors and cartoon styled faceless people. Our final artwork includes our very own The Hairy Dog, The Dancing Boy and The Blue Lego Brick.
Get inspiration for a Keith Haring-inspired Kids Art Project. Learn what characteristics make Keith's work unique -- like motion lines, bright solid colors and cartoon styled faceless people. Our final artwork includes our very own The Hairy Dog, The Dancing Boy and The Blue Lego Brick.

Save this Pop Art Project for Later

We’d love to see what you make! Pin this for later and don’t forget to share your creations! We’re @artsandbricks and #artsandbricks on social.

Explore this idea on how to make your own Keith Haring-inspired Kids Art Project. Learn what characteristics make Keith's work unique -- like motion lines, bright solid colors and cartoon styled faceless people. Our final artwork includes our very own The Hairy Dog, The Dancing Boy and The Blue Lego Brick. #keithharing #art #artclassroom #lego

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