Abstract Views

Home Studio Classroom


The many movements of abstract art have always allowed for a fresh point of view and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Students will learn and review the elements and principles of design while putting them into practise as they create abstract scenes, real or imaginary, through transforming fragmented images and drawing.

Abstract art uses the visual language of colour, line, shape and form to portray an idea or a scene. A simple vase of flowers could be the inspiration for an abstract painting, but could look nothing like it at first glance of the artwork.

Abstract art inspires to push boundaries of representing the literal (realistic scenes or objects) and dive into the imagination and bring dreams to life. You'll notice that the sample images show objects or a portrait, but does not look realistic like a photograph. Some abstract art, called Non-Representational art, actually depicts things that aren't real at all but instead capture a feeling, try to represent sound, or are just shapes, lines and colours that create a compelling composition.

How can we stretch our thinking and find identifiable objects or ideas in a painting? How do we look at the world around us and make artworks that show it in a completely unique way? Abstract art and thinking!

This activity allows students to create depictions of their chosen ideas through shape, line, colour and form, break down the image to its very basics by cutting and gluing simple shapes, then build it back up using layering of shapes, colours and paper textures to add detail and bring it to life.

Abstract Views: Step-by-step Downloadable PDF.