Copyright 2000, revised 2012
by Phillip Martin
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Symbolic Art with Phillip Martin
Lesson Plan
Learner Outcomes:
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Understand that colors can be transparent and opaque
Realize that color can be used as a perspective tool
Realize that the contrast of value causes the eye movement over a picture
Appreciate line is used to represent the world around us
Understand that positive and negative space is used to enhance aesthetics
Realize that overlapping is a way of showing perspective
Appreciate that texture is used to enhance realism
Appreciate that texture is used to enhance aesthetics
25 pencils
25 erasers
25 rulers
25 brushes
Tempera Paints
Bold black markers
Transparent, Opaque, Perspective, Value, Line, Positive and Negative Space, Texture

When you introduce Keith Haring to your students, you need to screen the books, websites or Powerpoints that you find at your finger tips. Not all of his art is school appropriate. If your students are interested in Haring's art, they'll find the other art without your help.

I like to have students strike athletic poses in the classroom. As many as want to take a turn, take turns as the model. The rest of the class tries to break down the pose to very simple lines. Forget about fingers, hair, or any other details. You're only looking for the pose in about ten lines.

After this practice, students find research of a figure in action. Just as Haring, they break the pose down to simple shapes. When the sketch is finished, paint with tempera paint and then outline with a bold black marker when it dries.