Haring Kids

Website review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Fun activities let kids interact with artist's bold images.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Keith Haring’s commitment to children is evident throughout the site and sends a positive message about sharing, supporting, and creating art. Visitors will feel encouraged to share their artistic messages.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

There is no advertising on this site, nor is there an overt message about available Haring products (books, greeting cards, etc.). The address of the Keith Haring Pop Shop is available in the parent/teacher section of the site in case a school or a household wishes to buy Haring materials, but it’s not a clickable link.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this interactive and educational Web site is a colorful and creative place for kids to learn more about the iconic artist Keith Haring, who was devoted to children. Colorful art covers every page of the site, and visitors are encouraged to interact with the pages and the art through activities, storytelling, and games. A simply written, kid-friendly biography of the late artist (who died of AIDS in 1990) details his life, his rise to fame, and the many charitable acts he performed as an artist.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 9 year old Written by414lat September 21, 2009

Know your child

I think the interactive art is great for kids. And the evidence of Haring's commitment to children and how he turned his life around after drugs is uplifti... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byhamstergurl09 December 12, 2010

An Excellent Way To Expose Children to Keith Haring Artwork

I was exposed to Keith Haring's artwork at the tender age of 6. My mother had a book of his art which I would look through over and over and over again. I... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old September 25, 2009

It's okay...

I think it is okay. The reason? It has kind of childish games like hangman, and I want fun and exciting games, like car chasing and stuff. I saw the e-cards, an... Continue reading

Is it any good?

Artist Keith Haring not only left a legacy of funky pop art, he left his mark on children by teaching them to paint large murals and have fun with art. The Keith Haring Foundation was established in 1989 to assist AIDS-related and children’s charities, and this site was borne from their efforts. Safe, colorful and creative, there are myriad activities for kids to learn about Haring and discover or interact with his family-friendly art, including coloring pages (to print or color on screen), screensavers, and e-cards. Bold, bright and cheerful, Haring’s art appeals to kids of all ages.

Online interaction: Users can submit their own artwork and/or provide stories to accompany some existing Haring art. There is no user-to-user contact on the site.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • How the Internet makes art accessible to so many. What would Haring and other late artists think about being able to share their art through the Web. Would they have liked it? Would Haring have branched out to other media and created digital art?

  • The impact art has on kids. What effect do you think Haring’s bright-colored murals had on young children in hospitals? How does this site and the Keith Haring Foundation extend the work Haring started?

Website details

  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love art

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