Keith Haring - Lake Anne Elementary School PTA - Lake Anne

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					                                         Keith Haring
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Poster 18
    Born May 4, 1958, eldest of three.
    Lived a sheltered small town life in Kutztown, PA, a Pennsylvania Dutch farm community.
    Mother was a stay at home mom. Dad was a communications firm supervisor who was very good at drawing

Book – Creating Cartoon Animals
    He got an early start. Before the age of one he would sit on his father’s lap after dinner and draw with crayons.
       His father would show him how to draw circles and then how to make that circle into an animal, ice-cream cone,
       balloon or face.

Poster 1, 15
    In school Keith was the class clown. He liked to make other kids smile and always thought of himself as a funny
       looking kid. He was always drawing. His art teachers were astonished at his love of drawing and anything to do
       with line.
    What is meant by line? Examples of types of lines: bold, thick, strong, dark, delicate, thin, light, curved or

Poster 13
    In High school he knew that he wanted to become an artist. He loved cartoons: Walt Disney, Charles Schultz and
       Dr Seuss, but by then he wanted to do abstract art. What is abstract? Does not have to look like anything.
    Then on a church trip to Washington DC and the Hirshhorn Museum he saw a group of Marilyn Monroes by Andy
       Warhol. Some students may remember studying him 2 years ago (shoes).
    Then Haring got into trouble, hanging out with trouble makers and doing drugs. It messed him up, his grades
       suffered and he did really stupid things. He came to realize that drugs were holding him back. “Say no to drugs”
    Attended art schools in Pittsburgh; Ivy School and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
    In 1978 he moved to New York and attended the Visual School for the Arts.

Poster 16, 17, book Keith Haring
    In the 1980's came a new influx of people into the East Village. Graffiti was everywhere, on the streets and the
       subways. Subway cars where covered with it. Haring loved it and thought that “Graffiti were the most beautiful
       thing he ever saw”. He thought that they had incredible technique. Drawing with spray paint cans is very difficult.
    Graffito artists invent their own Tag or signature so you can identify their works. Haring made his, a dog and or a
       baby crawling on all fours with rays around it.
    What would you make for your Tag? Give students time to think about this.
    Haring always traveled by subway. One day he noticed some blank black panels on the wall.
    He ran out a got some chalk and returned to draw, simple shapes and figures using bold thick lines. People
       began recognizing these drawings and their Tag, but they did not know who’s they were. He could do 30 -40
       drawings a day. He wanted to participate with the Graffiti artists, but not copy their work and he did not want to
       draw on the trains. He worked in broad day light unlike the clandestine Graffiti artists.

Poster 7

                                     Lake Anne Elementary GRACE Art 2007 - 2008
       Soon he was selling a lot of his work out of his studio. He wanted to make money so that he could paint full time.
        He had his first show in 1982 at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in Soho. He painted all the walls with his art and then
        hung his paintings and sculpture. Critics called it dazzling.

Poster 14
    He was invited to exhibit in other parts of the world, Europe, where he painted the entire side of a church in Italy
       and Japan. People everywhere responded positively to his work due to its dynamic simplicity, vibrant colors and
    Haring’s social consciousness manifested itself in works for various causes; literacy, UNICEF, apartheid in South
       Africa, drug use, and AIDS awareness.
    With more success he was able to paint large murals and Large outdoor sculptures that resembled children’s toys.

Poster 2 Keith Haring 10, Counting Book
   Haring loved children and always insisted that children were part of any appearance that he made. He would hold
       workshops for them.
   His paintings and sculptures became very expensive, but he wanted everyone to be able to buy his work. In 1986
       he opened his Pop Shop in Soho. He sold t-shirts, caps, buttons, prints and inflatable babies of his design. Was
       this commercial? Was he a sellout? Or did this make his art affordable and accessible? Remember when we
       studied Japanese Art and the Ekiyo-e Prints that made art affordable for middle-class to bring into their homes?

Poster 16
    In 1988 Haring became ill with Aids. At first it did not affect his work, but later he was too weak to hold a pen. He
       died February 16, 1990.

                                    Lake Anne Elementary GRACE Art 2007 - 2008
                                          Keith Haring

      Graffito             Abstract Art               Vibrant                     Tag
      Line                 Intensity                  Pictograph                  semiotics


 Keith Haring’s career as an artist was brief, but his popularity helped transform our idea of what
  art is and helped bring art to the people.

                                          GRACE Art Connections
                                             Andy Warhol
                                            Japanese Art


   Resource Books – Keith Haring by Elisabeth Sussman

   Web sites –
     (Parental supervision recommended)
     Keith Haring’s Pop Shop closed in 2005, but items are available
on line

                                        Viewing Art Locally
   Children’s Hospital, National Medical Center, Washington DC Mural 1988 “Easter at the
   White House” was donated to the hospital after being erected on the White House lawn. It is now
   in storage, but their new East Wing will be completed in November and the mural is should be
   installed early next year.

   Manhattan “Crack is Wack” Outdoor Murals, 1986 and 1987, FDR Drive and 128th Street and
   Carmine Street Swimming Pool; Indoor Mural 1987, Boys Club of New York, 135 Pitt Street

   Queens Outdoor Sculptures and Indoor Murals, 1987, Schneider Children’s Hospital, 269-01 76th

   Kutztown, PA Figure Balancing on Dog, 1989 painted steel

                              Lake Anne Elementary GRACE Art 2007 - 2008
                                          Keith Haring

      Graffito Chalk Drawings

      Sidewalk chalk
      Small paper to create a Tag
      Black paper will be in the teacher work room


           Chalk Graffito Drawings
Have students create their own tag or signature for their graffito. They can practice this in pencil on
small pieces of paper.

Students can take one piece of chalk for their graffito. If using paper you may cut a large piece or
two from the work room. These can be taped up on the class room wall for students to work on
collectively. This can simulate the work that Haring did when he was drawing in the subway stations.

If going outside to use the pavement please scout out an unused portion of pavement before your
class begins. If you would like to use the blacktop by the 5 th/6th grade class rooms please check the
recess schedule first. We are not allowed to be on the blacktop when there is a class there for
recess. Students must also be kept away from the immediate egress into any of the doorways. That
is the 2 squares right in front of the doors. Also as a reminder, children next to the curbs or the
parking areas must be supervised at all times.

If you would like to make a permanent record of your classes work, please bring your cameras.

                               Lake Anne Elementary GRACE Art 2007 - 2008

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