Second Graders Commence Study of Iconic New York Artists

7 Dec 2017
ByKate Eady, Ethical Culture Visual Arts Teacher

Throughout the year, second graders will be focusing on iconic New York artists as a way of exploring different artistic styles and mediums and learning about the geography and cultural significance of New York City. Our first artist was Keith Haring, who lived and worked in New York from 1978 until his death, in 1990.

We began by reading the newly published book, Keith Haring, The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, and looking at the speedy white-chalk drawings on black panels Haring did in the subway system early in his career. We emulated his style by using white chalk and working on black paper taped to the walls of the fifth-floor hallway.

The second part of our Haring study was inspired by his famous colorful paintings of people dancing, dogs barking, and hearts and babies radiating energy--or "screaming joy," as one student put it. Examples of both projects are on display throughout the building right now; please enjoy!