In this unit, students will explore the history and process of abstract art styles.

What is Abstract Art?

  • Abstract depicting real forms in a simplified way; nonfigurative.

Types of Abstract Art styles throughout time.

  • Cubism, Expressionism, Dada, De Stijl, Surrealism, Futurism, Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism,  Minimalism, Conceptual…

Click on the Slide show to view the Art Examples and Reading for this unit.

Step 1: Color Theory and Color Mixing

Students will use their sketchbook to create a series of swatches of tints, tones, shades, neutrals. Using a mixing color guide wheel to guide students through the mixing process.

Step 2: Abstraction in Art

Students will examine a variety of abstract styles to understand the process and concept of it.

Looking at Artists Sol LeWitt, Picasso, Klimt, and…

Answer the questions for the scholastic reading about working with shape.

Step 3: Data Driven Design

In this step, students will look at the contemporary artists that use data to create abstract art.

For homework…

You will collect data observing something in your life. It can be from school, sports, social media, or home.  This should be done before the next class.

Some ideas can include:

Observing a pet behavior, your mood throughout the day, what apps you view on a daily basis, your movement, type of purchases, the places you have visited in a year, positive or negative thoughts, how many times your friend says “like”…

Make sure to journal this on paper or your phone. You are the data collector, so be detailed. Make a key for your data, like red for angry and yellow for happy.

Robert Hodgin artist on Flowing Data newsletter

Step 4: Creating your drawing

In the sketchbook, gather your data and set some rules for your process. What elements and principles are you going to use to communicate your idea?

Students will consider different mark-making, color mixing to communicate their idea.

Create at least 3 rough ideas in your sketchbook.

Step 5: Painting the compostion

Students will add paint to their drawings using the color mixing techniques practiced at the beginning of this project. Use your sketchbook as a reference and to test your paint colors.

Student Examples

Take a photo of your finished artwork and post it on Google classroom as well as your digital portfolio.

Step 6: Artist Statement

When you are done with your artist statement submit it to “step 6: Abstract painting reflection statement”