Students began the project by choosing a Keith Haring figure to replicate. They cut their shape out of cardboard, creating a front and back for their sculpture. To give the sculpture some thickness, students used strips of tag-board, rolled between the layers of cardboard. The sides of the sculpture were sealed using masking tape.
Once the sides were taped up, students could begin using the papier-mâché paste. We used a 3:1 glue and water mixture to create our paste. Students dipped strips of brown paper towel into the paste to drape around their sculptures. This was a time-consuming and messy process, but the students did a great job.
Once the papier-mâché had dried over-night, students could begin painting. I initially told students to paint the figure one color, and add a bold, black outline, characteristic of Haring's work. As students began discussing ideas to decorate the figure, I was reminded of Haring's patterns within some of his outlined figures. I encouraged students to come up with their own creative ideas for decorating the sculptures and I love how they turned out!
This has been one of my favorite OES Art Club projects so far. I am looking forward to teaching students more about Keith Haring this spring when we begin our unit on Pop Art. Check out the video below for more photos from this fun project!
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