Haring Complementary Colors

For this project we took inspiration from American artist, Keith Haring.  Together we drew people in different poses in each quadrant using curved and straight lines.  Then students colored each section with a set of complementary colors.  Many of the 4th grade Californian art standards are connected to complementary colors.  We discussed how these colors are opposites and therefore have the most contrast.  I threw a black and white quadrant in there even though they are not complementary to help students remember that complementary colors are opposites.

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Below are photos from the same project with a fifth grade class using their medium of choice.

Students enjoyed the stilly poses that are typical of Haring’s style.


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