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This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Abstract Art - Middle School

My middle school students did a great job on this lesson on abstract art.  I was pleased with the uniqueness of each one of them.  
We began by painting their names.  I wanted to start them off with a recognizable object as well as one that had personal meaning to them.  They were encouraged to layer their paints, add texture and freely go about the lesson as they saw fit.

The next step was to cut up their completed paintings and re-arrange them into a interesting and abstract composition.  
It was a nice way of going from realistic to abstract.  It helped the students to create a piece which otherwise can be challenging.  
We talked about how abstract art can be uncomfortable with no recognizable objects involved.  We looked at the works of many different abstract artists.  We understood by the end of the lesson that abstract art is open to interpretation. 


  1. These are Wonderful!! They each are so unique and impressive! I'll have to try this sometime. Thanks!

    1. Thank you Mary. It really was a successful art lesson. And how awesome for an art teacher to feel such a sense of accomplishment with her students. You should give it a try, good luck!

  2. Hi again Janis. I have been thinking about this project. I just Love these pieces; they have so much depth to them. Can you tell me a little bit more of the directions you gave your students? Did you have them paint a solid background first? I'd appreciate any help. Thank you!

    1. Hi Mary,
      I sent you a message via your e-mail address. It seemed like an easier way since it's lengthy. Good luck. Thank you so much for appreciating these pieces by my students.


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