April 8, 2011. I paid a visit to the students of Fredericksburg Academy to do a visiting artist workshop with their 4th and 5th graders. I gave them a brief history lesson on one of my favorite artists, Keith Haring, and gave them a drawing exercise that we did on the campus sidewalks. Thanks to FA's Art Instructor, Mrs. Mirinda Reynolds, for organizing the Visiting Artists Program.
I spoke to the students about Keith Haring's chalk drawings which proliferated in New York City's Subways in the early 1980s. Haring's child-like gestural line drawings and use of iconography was the inspiration behind our workshop assignment.
Students were instructed to trace each other's silhouette on the sidewalk - adorning the chalk figures with color, shapes, and lines.