Neon Hearts inspired by Keith Haring

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Creating ways to explore Pop Art while learning about Keith Haring 
Skill Development:  Art Education
Minimum Age:  Preschool
Messiness:  Medium


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Keith Haring, a famous artist, is primarily known for solid, bold lines with vibrant colors. His artwork tells of friendship, fun, and acceptance. Today we're creating interactive ways to think about Pop Art while learning about Keith Haring.

I originally learned about this technique through Friends Preschool.

Step 1: 

The Heart is a symbol for Love, Friendship, & Acceptance and it is a common symbol in Keith Haring’s drawing.

Using your Neon Oil Pastels, pick one color and draw your center heart.

Step 2: 

Chose another color and contour or outline your center heart.

You are creating a Concentric Drawing.  This means that this shape shares the same center (your Neon Heart) and the lines continue to extend outward and off of the page.

Step 3: 

Continue to outline your heart with the neon colors.  Your Heart symbol will continue to grow right off of the page, just as your kindness grows when you’re accepting of the uniqueness of yourself and others.

Step 4: 

As you get to the edge of your paper, continue to draw your heart and you can imagine parts of the heart are invisible.  Fill in the space as much as possible.

Step 5: 

Time to grab your liquid watercolors and paint brush.  You may choose to use only one watercolor or more.

You may use a paper towel to dab off excess watercolor if you wish.

Step 6: 

Now sit back and enjoy your very own creation of Neon Hearts inspired by Keith Haring.

SURPRISE TIME:  Lower the window shades and turn down the lights in the room.  Now grab your blacklight flashlights, turn them on and watch how your Neon Hearts really POP

Check out our video tutorial

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Sensory Table: 

I'm a huge advocate for sensory play even at the elementary school level.  We set this table up in the back for students to explore if they wanted to take a break, needed their art to draw or if they finished early.

We also created Kindness Pebbles to keep or share as a way to remember to be kind to ourselves and to others.




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