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MAY 2019

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 35 Haring would pop a tape into his boom box as he created murals and other works of art. Providing students with cassettes to draw on is a great way for them to connect with Haring and his success. Believe me, you'll enjoy a laugh or two as you watch your students holding the cassettes, examining them, and the surprised expressions when they "accidentally" pull out the ribbon and you automatically rush for a pencil to wind it back up. Ah, the good old days! Sketching Ideas I showed students a few of Haring's drawings from his sketchbooks and explained how one repeated symbol or shape can create an intricate and unique design. It only takes one mark at a time. I asked students what types of lines and shapes they recognized in Haring's figures and shapes. They sketched a variety of designs using different types of lines and shapes. Students were ready to sketch their designs on the cassette template worksheet I provided. After completing the template, students felt prepared when they began draw - ing on the tape. Cassette Art I passed out the audio cassettes and students used their designs as refer- ences to fill their "blank canvases" w ith a variety of designs and colors. Permanent fine-point colored mark- ers and pens worked best for drawing on the cassettes. I found that the cream-colored or white tapes show color best. Students can write their names on an edge of the tape, or on the cases, if you have them. Students loved this project, which shows them that art can be created on any kind of surface. Michelle Melendez is an art teacher at Covington Elementary School in Oak- lawn, Illinois. mmelendez@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K S "Keith Haring Was Here," CBS Evening News broadcast: watch?v=W04j0Je01wQ Providing students with cassettes to draw on is a great wa or them to connect with Haring and his success. This student created a nonobjective dotted design using fine-tipped marker pens.

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