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Keith Haring POPS into Kindergarten


POP-artist Keith Haring has been a focus of study in both Mrs. Juenker and Ms. Maggie’s kindergarten classes. Through an artist in residency grant with the Vermont Arts Council and visual artist Jean Cherouny, kindergartners were excited to learn that Haring was a young artist who loved working with children. Haring was happy to be in New York City as a young artist because lots of things were happening in the art world. Keith Haring believed that art should belong to everyone and that it should be free to the public. This inspired Haring to begin creating his artwork places where everyone could see, like the subway and on sides of building. Soon, people began to take notice of his fun, cartoony style and he became one of the most famous artists of his time! After looking at some of Keith Haring’s paintings, our artists were particularly struck by the different poses that his characters made. Artists practiced recreating a few of his masterpieces with their own bodies. Kindergartners also changed their own body poses to reflect different emotions like angry, sad, tired, excited, afraid, in love, happy, etc.


First, students looked at the work of pop-artist Keith Haring, using Visual Thinking Strategies to fully articulate their ideas about his art.

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Next, with artist Jean Cherouny, students draw life size figures to further understand the subject of his artwork, and see the connection between their own bodies and his use of figure and gesture.

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After this, students work on drawing their own figures.

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Then add color and motion lines to expression and emotion.

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Next, students prepare their canvas with bright colors that reflect the joyful style of Keith Haring.

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And then add their figures, outlines, and motion lines.

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After this, students work with teaching artist Kimberli Boyd to recreate Haring poses through dance and movement.

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Finally, kindergarten artists become authors and write sentences that reflect the emotion and feeling that might be expressed by their Keith Haring like paintings. These sentences are displayed with the paintings as word bubbles.

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Content Standards: Common Core
English Language Arts Standards> Writing>Kindergarten

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

Art Standards: Vermont Framework
Skill Development

A1-2:12 Students show understanding of visual arts CONCEPTS and VOCABULARY by…
• Identifying and using basic elements and principles of design (e.g., texture, pattern,
primary and secondary colors).
• Naming and using different media, genre, and techniques (e.g., collage, printmaking,
• Comparing a variety of purposes for making art (e.g., to tell a story, to beautify and
communicate their understanding a story and or non-fiction information).

Art Adventures


We are lucky at the Integrated Arts Academy.  Why?  Because we work with fantastic partners in Burlington who care about our students as well as the arts.  

This fall,  the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington,  the Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont, and the IAA teamed up to offer our students a fall art adventure class at the museum.  For eleven weeks our students are privileged to attend an art class  taught by  UVM art education students.    Using the vast resources at the museum and the museum as a classroom, IAA students have the chance to view and discuss a piece in the exhibit followed by a hands-on art lesson in the museum classroom.   This afterschool enrichment opportunity has been made available to the students of the IAA because of the partnership we have with the Fleming Museum.  Additionally, a big shout out and thanks to the Boys and Girls Club!  With their mini-van, we can easily shuttle these students to the museum and back.   



IAA will be featured on Channel 16!
Nancy Radley’s kindergarten class, Aurie Thibault’s first grade, Mary Neudecker’s second grade, Tyler Sessions PE class, and Maggie Plante’s third grade classes from last year can be seen with Flynn Teaching artists, Joan Robinson, Susanna Olson, and Lida Winfield.  These teachers and students participated in the Words Come Alive! progam last year (with funding in part by the National Endowment for the arts.)  This program is one of the Flynn’s signature professional development opportunities and our staff is quite fortunate to work with these amazing artists.

This video is also featured on the RETN  homepage and can be viewed at this url:


Monday 9/19 – 8:00 PM

Tuesday 9/20 – 2:00 PM

Saturday 9/24 – 10:00 AM  &  5:00 PM

Sunday 10/09 – 8:00 PM