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Keith Haring|Pop Shop|Pop Art|Tips on How to Make Art Fun

Updated on August 29, 2017

Keith Haring - Pop Shop-Sculpture-Paintings- Have Fun With Art


I would have loved to have hob nobbed with Warhol, Lichenstein, Basquiat, these wonderful artists with a fever for expression, wouldn't you? Pop art used to elude me and I just did not get it.. now I think it beacons me! I think I need to have some fun and be playful like Keith Haring.

Passion for art does not necessarily mean drama, it is an expression from the heart that is projected from the soul. The soul of many gives us all kinds of expressions. Keith Haring did some very exciting work and he did it in a fever... one that many artists hope to possess. I know I do. I wonder what it would be like to consider art in a more playful way, rather than thinking everything is so serious.

Money and art make creativity serious business though. As playful as Haring's work was and is, it was and is serious business, just like Andy Warhol, the king of pop art biz.

How can art be business and yet still maintain that creative flow? Maybe being playful helps.

We all hope for a passion don't we? Don't you love the idea of being so obsessed with something that you cannot get it out of your mind... that you must do it? Something in you longs to feel a need of getting your expression out there, be it pen to paper or fine art reproductions like Andy Warhol.

Obsession... ohhh I love that word!


Keith Haring

Born    May 4, 1958
Died    February 16, 1990
Occupation(s)    Graffiti Artist



In 1986, New York artist Keith Haring opened the Pop Shop in downtown Manhattan, New York. Haring saw the Pop Shop as another vein of his art and business. Don't forget that he was successful at both. He created a fun boutique where his creative expression could be had by all. It was a Manhattan sensation for 20 years.There was floor-to-ceiling murals and affordable clothing, great gifts baring Haring's work. In September, 2005, the Pop Shop closed. Sad miss for sure.

TURN ON SOME MUSIC along with some info about Junior Vasquez


....along with some info about Junior Vasquez



Keith Haring and Junior Vasquez

"Keith was a product of the whole street vibe. Paradise Garage was four walls to put the street in. He was about what the street was. What percolated on the street was what Keith was about."

- Junior Vasquez


Three reasons to love Keith Haring


Three reasons to love Keith Haring?

His commitment to his work,

his playfulness,

his investment in himself..

all reasons for admiration.


Tips On How To Make Art Fun

I wrote and article about writing a fantasy story with a child,take these tips and apply them to yourself as you think of your own story making.

Soo here ya go:

Children have amazing visions, they play and pretend about fantasy fairies, pixies fairies, dragons, who all come alive within their imagination. Why not tap into their brilliance by creating a story, written and illustrated, by your child or your friends child, through a series of questions. It is an interview in a sense.

A very strong word of caution though, PLEASE MAKE THIS FUN for the child and you. If the child grows weary or restless.. his/her imagination is not at its best anyway and you won't create a happy memory with them, nor will you get the wonderful vision that the child does in fact possess. Take out maybe 15-20 minutes of QUALITY time to PLAY with the child. You can even video it, but only if it does not hamper them and create inhibitions.

It is more than possible that one sentence at a single sitting will be enough. Try not to insert any of your ideas, just listen, feel the flow of their conversation and maybe ask a few small questions for clarification. Find the RIGHT time and this experience will give you a wonderful story to reflect on always. NOTES to Parents or Contributor will be inserted below as well to help you along your way.

Remember! The second the child seems to be a tiny tad weary.. STOP and pick it up on another day. This is PLAY and this should be FUN.

What you need:

A pen and a blank tablet in hand that is ready to fly as the words come forth. A readiness for FUN and adventure, prepare your own self by emptying any preconceived outcomes to the story. This is NOT YOUR story.. this is the CHILDS STORY. Be totally unbiased as to its story line. Be an interviewer without judgement. If any of the questions become irrelevant or don't seem to add to the story? Don't ask them. If you think of a question that seems to fit better? Ask it! Become child like!

What your child needs:

A set of coloring crayons or magic markers and a drawing pad of paper. Any kind of paper will do, so don't get hung up on incidentals. Children do not look for perfection in things.. it is US who instills that in them. If the child does not feel like coloring or drawing what you ask for? NO BIG DEAL! Just enjoy their story. NO strict rules.

The most important thing the child needs for this process? Your smiling encouragement and approval.

The questions for the story:


I'd like you to tell me the story of a fairy adventure. This is YOUR story. I will tell you little things about it to help you embrace your imagination but this is a story from YOUR heart and mind.

You walk through a lovely forest. tell me about the forest.

Can you draw the forest?


You continue to walk and come to a clearing. You see a beautiful meadow of flowers and green grass. Off in the distance you see a glorious castle.

Tell me about the castle.

Can you draw the castle?


You decide that you must see the inside of the castle.

OH! What do you see?

Can you draw it?


You meet the people inside the castle.

Who are they? What do they look like?

Can you draw them?


I love this journey, can you tell me the rest of the story?

NOTE to Parents and Friends: "If" the child gets stumped, add ideas for her/him to think about. These elements don't have to be in the story... they are only meant to enhance his/her imagination. Try to feel playful with this, "What color is the water?" is not a bad question, remember this is about freeing imagination. Some of your additions or ideas might be:

1) What do the flowers, trees and meadow look like? Are there bugs?

2) What does she/he or the dragon or mouse or whatever eat along the way?

3) Did she/he bring food and water with him/her?

4) You meet a tree fairy. What is her name? What does she look like?

5) Does the fairy have friends? What are their names? What so they look like?

6) Are there animals that you meets on your journey? What are their names? Do you talk to them? Do they talk back?

7) Does anyone come with you on your journey or do you walk alone? If so what do you talk about?

8) As you come closer to the castle you see it more clearly... what does it look like? If there is a princess who lives inside, who else lives there?

9) You finally come to the front door and decide to knock. The door opens... who opened the door? Describe them, what did they say and what did you say to them?

10) You meet a pixie fairy inside the castle. What is her name, what does she look like, what kind of books does she read? What does she want to be when she grows up? Where would she like to travel to and why? Does she know the tree fairy or any of the other creatures met along the way?

11) You and the princess or elf spend a lovely afternoon of tea and cookies together. It was a most splendid day, why? Describe the tea party. Where do they have their tea party? What do the cups look like, what kind of cookies? Does anyone else come to the tea party?

12) You decide that it is time to get back home. Before you leave you and the princess or elf exchange gifts to remember each other by. What are the gifts and why did they give what they gave? What did they say inside the card?

13) As You gets ready to leave you hug the princess or elf goodbye and tell them you will return. The princess asks you where she will travel to next, what do you tell her?

Have fun!

Junior Vasquez


Junior Vasquez MUSIC!


Keith Haring Sculpture at Moscone

Keith Haring Sculpture at Moscone
Keith Haring Sculpture at Moscone

Great Keith Haring Art and Stuff

Quick, what do you think of Keith Haring?

What do ya think of Keith Haring?

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Is It Art?


What defines art? As an artist that question comes up all the time, by others and in my own head.


Got an opinion?

Lets hear it!


Do you consider Keith Haring's work to be art?

Haring for Kids


Want to know about a darling website for kids with the wonderful works of Keith Haring?

The link can be found below.

You will just LOVE it!

I do!


Keith Haring and Me- Link List

ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York, NY

Monkdogz Urban Art, Inc.

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New York, NY 10001

I paint and sculpt female fantasy art and map faery tale adventures, testing erotica . I dream of beautiful women on canvas and art of exotic women.

I have illustrated for Hay House Inc.,"Women Who Do Too Much" CARDS taken from Anne Wilson Schaef's book. I also illustrated for Neil Davidson, who was considered for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, and several other publications. My paintings are collected worldwide.

Giclee canvas art work, greeting cards and posters are available for sale on my website:

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      angel blessings for keith haring lens.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      his works are superb. sometimes i think, why did i not come up with this idea? geometrical figures made him famous. thanks for sharing this fantastic lens.

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      konradsanders 8 years ago

      Hey great lens!

      Keith Haring is awesome, thanks for sharing your knowledge about him, I love his use of different media in all the artwork - briliant sculptures!

      I'll have to add him to my blog on pop art paintings. Feel free to visit and add your thoughts!

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      Fox Music 9 years ago

      Sorry Keith!! - Great Lens!

      Thanks Kathy I was unaware of Keith Harding Until Today.

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      Fox Music 9 years ago

      Great Lens!

      Thanks Kathy I was unaware of Kieth Harding Until Today

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      kathysart 10 years ago

      Keith Haring Art.. wow! Love it!

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      kathysart 10 years ago

      Soo cool! Love him!

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