- Curriculum: Language Arts, Science
- Age/Grade: Elementary 3
- Subject: Drawing
- Materials: Markers, Pencils
- Institution: Capac Elementary School
- Location: Capac, Michigan
- Duration: 1 Class
Gesture drawings, inspired by Keith Haring. To introduce students to the artwork of Keith haring. To expose them to the Art Term "Gesture".
To introduce students to the artwork of Keith haring. To expose them to the Art Term "Gesture".
Visual Aids (click link at right). Then download Visual Aids for Drawing.
See Bio (click link at right).
Keith Haring, Authorized Biography | Paperback
Pencils, Paper, Markers
We discussed Mr. Haring's artwork extensively and talked about his life as a subway painter, etc. We then discussed what a gesture is and how it relates to Haring's work. I had students stand on a chair and position themselves into several different body gestures. For example, "If you were hitting a golf ball, what would your body look like?" "Freeze! And hold that position".
The children folded their paper to create six boxes, allowing many sketches to fit on one piece. Then, while students posed for 30 seconds each, the rest of the class drew them.
After this exercise, the students picked one gesture in particular to enlarge. They added a bold, black outline to contour the edges. They colored in the figure with only one color of their choice and kept the background simple.