Keith Haring moved to New York City in 1978 and tried to use the
city as his canvas. He began doing chalk drawings in subway stations and soon became one of
the most popular artists of recent generations. Haring opened the Pop Shop in New York City in
1986 to make his art more accessible to people. The store sold posters, t-shirts and other items
with his artwork and designs. He was also interested in many social causes and did more than 50
public works and held numerous workshops for children. This lesson plan demonstrates drawing Keith Haring style figures including your own interests.
This lesson plan features a very simple drawing created with just a few shapes and lines, then filling in ALL of the spaces you have created with different BRIGHTLY colored designs. We are drawing a coffee mug, but if your student doesn't want to draw a mug, they can draw a simple vase with flowers in it using ovals and a few curved lines as well. The important part of this lesson plan isn't the subject of the still life that they draw, it’s the bright colors and designs they use in all of the open spaces they create!