Experimenting With Abstract Drawing

This week we’re making colorful paper! Previously we made eyes. Both are projects that will culminate in a two-page spread in our sketchbooks. As I mentioned before, the idea for this project came from Elementary Art Fun so pop over there for additional ideas.

Abstract Artists

The abstract art movement can be traced back to the 19th century, but it was the 20th century when it really gained traction. Here’s a little slideshow demonstrating the work of some early and popular abstract artists.

Abstract Art Slideshow

Making Our Own Abstract Art

The only instructions I gave the class: start with crayon or oil pastels before moving on to acrylic or watercolors and go nuts! I did encourage them to fill the page and to move away from drawing representational art.

In Action:

Student Gallery