Bold Keith Haring Symbol Art Level: 3-5


Keith Haring Symbol Art

Art Lesson Plan by Display My Art



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 numerous workshops for children.



Anchor Standard #1
-Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #5
-Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Anchor Standard #10
-Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

Anchor Standard #11
-Relate artistic ideas and work with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.


Step 1:
LIGHTLY in pencil, have the child draw a simplistic outline of a person (in Keith Haring style) doing one (or several) of their interests. There can be a single figure, or multiple figures depicting symbols of their interest (ex: holding paintbrushes, playing sports, reading a book, running, jumping, etc.)

Keith Haring Symbol Art Lesson Plan


Step 2:
LIGHTLY in pencil, divide the background into areas with lines creating geometric shapes. These can be large or smaller areas.

Keith Haring Symbol Art Lesson Plan

Step 3:
With markers or craft paint, color in the people figures with BRIGHT colors. Then, again with BRIGHTLY COLORED markers or craft paint, color the sectioned shapes created in the background. Let dry completely.

Keith Haring Symbol Art Lesson Plan


Step 4:
With a Black magic marker, thickly outline the Keith Haring inspired figures. Add small repetitive curved lines around the outside of the figures to depict movement, sound and/or light.

Keith Haring Symbol Art Lesson Plan


*Don’t forget to put student name and year on the drawing, at least one inch away from the outside border.*

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Required Materials

  • 01Display My Art drawing paper, pencil.
  • 02Markers or craft/acrylic paint, thick black marker.
  • 03Paint brushes, sample pictures of Keith Haring artwork.
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