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Re: Keith Haring

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Pygment (Pygment)
Sun, 1 Mar 1998 21:43:01 EST

I've used Keith Haring at the fifth grade level in my school. The kids
did two projects based on his work. The first was a chalk drawing on black
paper, much like his original chalk drawings on the theatre billboard areas in
the subways. The second was a tempera paint piece, also based on his work.
As a class, we looked at pieces that Keith did based on "technology", and the
kids analyzed these pieces and wrote down their ideas about them on paper. We
also described and set guidelines for the types of figures to be used in our
artwork, in an effort to help students emulate Keith's style. The students
really seemed to get into it, and when it came time for our gifted and
talented students to choose an artist for research purposes, Keith Haring's
name was one of the ones remembered and considered.
I did focus in more of Keith's artwork, but when students asked why he
died so young (and they always did), I told them that he died of aids. This
led in nicely to the artwork he did to support aids awareness.

Deb Meier-Sprague
Jackson School
Batavia City Schools, NY