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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.
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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?