Blogging breaks are inevitable, but eggs always have a way of bringing me back. This year, they are inspired by the wonderful imagery found in Keith Haring’s work, which he cleverly used to draw attention to important issues of the day. The Haring Kids website is filled with lesson plans and ideas if you’re looking for ways to introduce his work to children, and to get them inspired for this project.
- hard boiled or blown out eggs
- pencil and eraser
- if blowing out eggs: bowl and sharp tool eg. nail, pin, awl
1. With hard boiled eggs, make sure you allow them to cool overnight before using, and keep them at room temperature for painting. If you prefer to blow out the eggs, which will allow you to keep them long term, make a hole at one end using a sharp, pointy tool like an awl or a nail. Then carefully make a hole at the other end, using the tool to also pierce and mix the yolk inside. If your tool isn’t long enough, you can use a skewer for this part.
Hold the egg over a bowl, place your mouth over one of the holes, and blow the contents out. If you have difficulty, you may need to shake the egg to mix the yolk with the white. If that, fails, make the hole slightly larger. Finally, once the contents have been removed, add a little water to the inside, shake it around, and blow it out. Wash and dry the eggs.
2. Have kids explore Keith Haring’s work using books and/or the internet. They can draw their ideas in pencil first, or work directly with markers. It’s always helpful to have an extra egg to experiment on. When working with markers, keep in mind some colours will smudge, even when they are dry. We used a combination of Crayola and Sharpies. Any outlining should be saved for last.
Blown out eggs will be more delicate to work with than hard boiled eggs, which are a better choice for younger children. Surprisingly, eggs I hard boiled several years ago have survived without emitting any foul odours, so you might not have to eat them right away, after all!