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Introducing Abstract Art with Random Shapes

Level: 3rd-5th

Duration: 45 minutes-1 hour

Vocabulary: “Curvilinear,” “rectilinear,” “shape”, “design,” “abstraction”

Objectives: To practice and illustrate abstraction in art, and experiment with non-representational expression

Materials: Paper, pens, coloring materials



  1. Explain how abstract art focuses on experimenting with and examining the most basic fundamentals of design to create unique, thought provoking and sometimes optically entrancing visuals.
  2. Explain how the design fundamentals include shape, line, and color, and how this projects experiments with them in the same way abstract artists do.
  3. Begin by drawing irregular lines and shapes on the paper, making sure never take the pen off the paper. Practice both with with curvilinear and rectilinear lines and shapes.
  4. In the shapes made by the lines crossing over each other, draw designs like dots, other shapes, lines, etc.
  5. Color in the most interesting way you can.

Southwark April/May 2018 Projects

This past April and May we taught 10 classes at Southwark Elementary School during their aftercare program. Here are some examples of the projects we did and the wonderful art the students made. We had such a marvelous time getting to know the students and helping them develop their skills and passions as artists and learners. For more information on these projects, please review posts tagged as “Lesson Plan” and “ESL.”