Explore the work of Keith Haring and other line art artists and try this line art project for kids. This easy and fun printable art activity is perfect for classroom or home use. Look for more than 22+ artist-inspired projects to try. Find a free printable template below to create a masterpiece using line art for kids.
Why Study Famous Artists?
Studying the artwork of the masters not only influences your artistic style but even improves your skills and decisions when creating your own original work.
It is great for kids to be exposed to different styles of art, experiment with different mediums, and techniques through our famous artist art projects.
Kids may even find an artist or artists whose work they really like and will inspire them to do more of their own art work.
Why is learning about art from the past important?
- Kids who are exposed to art have an appreciation for beauty!
- Kids who study art history feel a connection to the past!
- Art discussions develop critical thinking skills!
- Kids who study art learn about diversity at a young age!
- Art history can inspire curiosity!
Who is Keith Haring?
Keith Haring was an American artist who grew up in Kutztown, PA. At a young age, Haring learned cartooning from his father, watching Disney shows, and reading Dr. Seuss.
Over time, his pop art style was inspired by the New York City graffiti subculture of the 1980s. He became successful nationally and internationally with his public projects and exhibitions. His public works often carried social messages.
7 Elements of Art: Line
Do you know the 7 elements of art? Let’s start with the line! The other six elements of art include shape, texture, color, value, space, and form! Learning about these elements is a great way to add to your art “toolbox” and learn unique skills to improve your masterpieces and have more fun creating them!
“A line is a dot that went for a walk.” Paul Klee (artist)
What is Line Art?
The line is one of the most basic but essential components of art! It is considered a primary design elements and foundation of all drawings. Lines have different styles, shapes, sizes, and directions. Plus, they can also be different thicknesses.
There are many different types of lines. Make sure to download the quick art sheets below:
- Continuous Lines
- Broken Lines
- Jagged Lines
- Vertical Lines
- Horizontal Lines
- Diagonal Lines
- Zig Zag Lines
- Curly Lines
Line Art Project Setup
One of my favorite this about this line art project is how little you need! That’s exactly why it’s perfect for just about any environment! All you need is a variety of lines.
TIP: Teachers, it’s a great project-based, mini-lesson to leave for a substitute teacher!
- Keith Haring Line Art Template
- Black Markers
- Colored Markers
TIP: You don’t have to limit yourself to markers! Think oil pastels, colored pencils, tempera paints, watercolors, or a mixture of anything you want. Black markers do create a nice line as a base!
STEP 1: Print the Haring outline template.
STEP 2: Use your black marker to draw a line around the template design.
STEP 3: Repeat this shape around the original outline until you run off the page.
STEP 4: Using the black marker, add lines and details inside your outline shapes.
STEP 5: Use your colored markers to complete your Haring-inspired piece. Try to use a different color for a big pop of pop art color!
Line Art Examples
There are several more famous artists well known for their line art including Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, and Klee.
Zentangles are also another popular form of line art that anyone can do and are fantastic for reducing stress and anxiety! We have a a whole selection of free printable Zentangles for anytime of the year.
More Art Resources for Kids
Below you will find helpful art resources to add to the artist-inspired projects above!
- Free Color Mixing Mini Pack
- Getting Started with Process Art
- How to Make Homemade Paint
- Free Art Challenges
Famous Artist Project Pack for Kids
Having the right supplies and having “doable” art activities can stop you in your tracks, even if you love being creative. That’s why I have put together an incredible resource for you using famous artists past and present for inspiration 👇.
FINALLY, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO HELP YOUR KIDS:
- Explore new ways to be creative!
- Find inspiration from famous artworks.
- Create unique works of art!
- Experiment with a variety of art techniques to create one-of-a-kind art.
- Try new ideas that are totally actionable and easy for kids to do (and adults too!).
- Learn more about each famous artist and find out what makes their art unique.
PLUS, get hands-on with neat art techniques and styles even if you aren’t all that crafty or “arty”. Instead, it’s all about having fun and encouraging kids to experiment with simple art activities!
With the help of an art education teacher… I have 22+ famous artists to share with you! Each artist includes unique art projects to try that are inspiring, engaging, and “doable”!
Famous artists include Kahlo, Kusama, Moses, Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, Dali, Pollock, Warhol, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Michelangelo, Basquiat, and many more… PLUS, it’s a growing resource!