Funky Figures

 As a follow up to our Inquiry topic ‘Phunky Physics’, Room 11 is investigating how things move. We looked at how movement is shown in illustrations and drawings.

One artist we looked at was the pop artist Keith Haring. We liked how he used bold colours, cartoon people shapes, black outlines and some movement lines in his work. We wanted to try his art style in drawings of our own Funky Figures.

Our learning intentions were to draw a figure shape, draw radiating lines from the figure shape, and to identify movement lines in illustrations and drawings.

The class started by sketching some human figures in motion. The figures were simple and cartoonish with the focus being on them having active and interesting poses. This was made easier by using pipe cleaners to help us draw the human body. 

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Then we coloured in the body shapes using felt pens. Everyone discovered the need to use lines that went up and down alongside each other as opposed to lines that went over the top of each other as the paper became too thin and in some cases ripped. 

The shapes were cut out and positioned on the painted background.

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Outlined silhouette figures came next created by using black marker pens. We did not worry about the details of eyes, ears, mouths, or noses. Then we finally drew the radiating lines to show movement and energy. 

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Room 11 took the opportunity to reflect on what they had learned ... 

I learned to take my time and do gentle work.  Lily

I learnt how to do movement lines properly.  Frankie

I learned how to do street art so when I grow up I can do street art. I would change the position of where the movement lines are to make it look like different parts of the body are moving.  Jake 

I like tracing around the ‘Funky Figures’ with a sharpie and colouring them in. I would change the position of the arm and the leg movement lines so it would look like the ‘Funky Figure” was walking.  Sam

 I learned how to trace some characters. I might change how they are moving.  May

She was reading to me last night and she was pointing out all the movement lines in the illustrations.  Laura’s mum

Naturally, the opportunity to try painting life sized Funky Figures was too hard to resist. The three shortest children in the room posed, without too many wriggles, on large pieces of cartridge paper. The shapes were filled in with paint after negotiating with each other about which section they would paint. We discovered that we created a better outline around the figures by pulling the brush loaded with paint towards us.  The figures are displayed in our classroom but Room 11 is in agreement that the three ‘Funky Figure’ shapes we made are not enough and that we need more of them going over the roof.  The tallest children are putting forward a sound argument that they will be able to fill up the space better than children who are shorter than them.

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Keywords: movement 

Attributed to: Keith Haring

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