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Lesson: Younger Than Jesus: Understanding, Looking at, Making Abstract Art
Before the class makes abstract art, they see contemporary examples and analyze them. They look at art made by abstract artists under the age of 33 then use similar techniques to create an interesting collection of their own. The lesson spans five sessions and includes discussion questions, art resources, vocabulary, and creative projects.
Geometric Abstract Art with a Compass
Using a compass and a ruler, young artists will create geometric abstract art. They'll discuss the highly dimensional work of Victor Vasarely, the elements of art and design, as well as abstract expressionism. They'll then take to the page with markers and crayons to create unique shape inspired pieces.
The Art of Abstraction
Pupils complete activities to learn about abstract art. In this abstract art lesson, students define related vocabulary and complete an abstract art drawing using a familiar picture from their lives. Pupils may watch a related video and take a tour of an museum to study abstract art.
How and Why to Look at Abstract Painting - Activity 1
Students create abstract art using acrylic paints and canvas in this instructional activity provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The instructional activity includes information on abstract art and video links.
Helen Frankenthaler Biography
Students examine the abstract art of Helen Frankenthaler. In this art analysis lesson, students complete a criticism of the aesthetics of the art, analyze the color use in the art, and research the history of abstract art.
Piet Mondrian- color, shape, abstract art
Students examine abstract art. In this abstract art lesson, students define abstract art and view examples of abstract art. Students examine the art of Piet Mondrian and his use of straight and angular lines and geometric shapes. Students then paint their own abstract art.
Ambiguous Pictures/Abstract Art
Third graders define the terms abstract and ambiguous as they relate to art. They analyze what makes some art abstract, compare the difference between non-objective and abstract art, and discuss whether abstract and non-objective pictures are actually art.
Abstract Art: Line, Shape And Color
Young scholars create abstract works of art using techniques learned from the artwork of Piet Mondrian, construction paper, pre-cut shapes, and glue in this early-elementary Art lesson. A great lesson to introduce the concept of Abstract art.
Abstract Art: Line, Shape And Color
Learners define and create an abstract art work. They introduce the artist Piet Mondrian and review geometric shapes (rectangles & squares), straight , angular lines, color.
Mondrian Inspired Abstract Art
Students explore the art of Piet Mondrian. In this abstract art lesson, students look at paintings by the Dutch painter and then follow the provided steps to create their own abstract art inspired by his works.
Lesson: Tomma Abts: Abstract Painting
One must first learn how to analyze art before they can properly respond to it. Here, young analysts examine six abstract pieces in a systematic and formal way. They then respond to one of the pieces in either a poem or an essay. An excellent lesson intended to build critical thinking and analysis skills.
1. Lines! Lines! Lines
First little ones get a taste of some very famous art, and then they get to explore the elements of design as they get creative. They discuss the use of line found in several art pieces, then they use vertical, diagonal, and horizontal lines to create their own abstract drawings. Note: This is a great way to help pre-writers build fine motor skills while activating both sides of the brain.
Introduction to Lines
How expressive is a line? Kids will find out just how expressive horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines can be as they analyze a piece by Paul Klee. They'll first read a story about lines and discuss art terminology, then they'll analyze the piece based on how Klee used color and line. Finally, they'll engage in creative expression as they make abstract works by employing primary colors and line.
Angles on Kandinsky
Not only is Wassily Kandinsky fun to say, his art contains tons of angles. Learners discuss Kandinsky's music-inspired abstract art and four types of angles. They search one of his paintings for obtuse, right, straight, and acute angles, and then they create a similar work making sure to include each angle type. A great way to integrate art and math.
Lesson: Urs Fischer: Reviving the Past Art Movements
Seven major abstract art movements are analyzed by learners in groups. Each group analyzes various works by determining which work belongs to which movement. They then read Flatland, engage in an art and literary analysis discussion, then write a paper on what they've learned in class.
Making the Abstract Abstract
Students expand their area of abstraction and abstract expressionism. They utilize a new approach to creating original abstract works of art. Students participate in peer critique and self-assessment, demonstrating a working knowledge of the concepts and terminology of abstract expression.
Ahimsa in the Real World: Truth, Love, and Nonviolence
Second graders create an abstract painting that conveys feelings of nonviolence. In this visual arts lesson, 2nd graders read "The First Step of Jainism" and discuss honesty, watch a digital story, discuss feelings after watching the story, paint an abstract painting that represents their idea of nonviolence, and write to describe their art. Included in this lesson is background information on Mohandas Gandhi and his philosophy of ahimsa.
Narrative Art: What's the Story?
An extensive lesson on art analysis, storytelling, critical thinking, and observation awaits your class! They learn to observe and read art the way they would a story; paying attention to details, historical context, and visual cues that describe a place, time, and thought. The lesson is broken into four parts, where learners discuss what they see, review content specific vocabulary, and finally create a work of art that expresses a story. Note: The lesson could be used in either an art or language class.
Lesson Design Puzzles
Art that employs geometric shapes is a fun way to discuss math and the creative process. Fourth graders analyze a bit of abstract art, specifically the use of line and shape. They then create geometric art by intersecting and bisecting a number of straight lines. The result is a puzzle-like, yet organic design.
Narrative Art: What’s the Story?
Your third graders design works of art that reflect themselves. For this visual arts lesson, your class will examine works of art that tell stories and replicate the models as they transform a personal narrative of their own into a visual piece.