Friday, January 4, 2013

Wildly Successful Abstract Art

I can count the number of what I would call Wildly Successful Art Projects for the classroom on two hands. These are the projects where EVERYONE is successful. This is one of those projects. Like so many great ideas, it is not original to me, as a matter of fact, I owe a thanks to the teacher whose class I had the honor of judging for an art show. I took her examples of work and tweaked it a little to work for me and this is the result.
Materials Needed:  Black Sharpie, pencil, erasure, 8 1/2 x 11 white construction paper
Procedure:  After a brief lesson on what abstract art is, students are told to draw any design on their paper. The only rule to follow is that they can't draw recognizable objects, no trees, houses, people,... Repetition of design is good. Detail is okay but not tiny detail. When the student is happy with their design, they take a black Sharpie and trace over their pencil marks. Next, they will take the Sharpie and color in different sections of the design. They may need to be reminded that they can not color in two black sections side by side. This project can be completed in about 45 minutes but I encourage students to take their time, work on it in sections when they have a little free time.
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Quote of the day:  "If I choose abstraction over reality, it is because I consider it the lesser chaos"  ~ Robert Brault