Abstract Art For Kids Definition
This project helps kids with the subjective realm of creativity and it is also a great exercise in sharing! This is a two part project, the first part is painting and the second part is collage.
The first part: Mad Lib Paintings!
This part is good to organize ahead of time for the kids. The sentence structure can vary, but this is how we chose to write ours:
The (ADJECTIVE) (NOUN) (VERB) (choose a preposition or adverb from a list) the (ADJECTIVE) (NOUN).
Examples: The yellow trumpet balanced on the fat man's head. OR The jagged rainbows grew in the hot desert.
To begin, I suggest passing out worksheets with examples of sentences on the paper, and go around and ask each child to name adjectives, nouns and verbs that they can think of. Then they each make a sentence. The sentences usually tend to be a bit surreal, which is part of the fun! Then I collect all of the sentences, shuffle them and let each child choose one from the pile. If they get their own, they have to put it back and choose again.
Then they each get a sheet of thick white paper that can absorb paint. They paint their vision of their sentence onto the paper. I usually give them about 10 minutes to do this. Then the sheets are passed clockwise to the neighboring student. The students then ADD to the painting that is already on the paper passed to them. They paint their SAME sentence that they painted on the last sheet of paper. It can vary, and they can choose to interpret it however they wish each time they paint it. And, they can paint over the previous students work, or incorporate it into their own picture. Then, after 10 minutes, they pass the papers down again and continue to paint their sentence, until everyone has painted their sentence onto each sheet of paper. Then they dry.
Keep in mind, the process of letting artwork go can be a difficult one - especially depending on the age of the child. Make sure you tell all the kids ahead of time that they will be letting go of their artwork after 10 minutes - or you may have some challenging results among the class.
Materials You'll Need For Step 1:
White Watercolor Paper (At least 8.5" x 11")
Paint (tempera/poster or acrylic)
Water Cups to wash out brushes
As I sat in a Brooklyn patisserie one morning enjoying my perfectly flaky almond croissant, I overheard a mom next to me cooing over a recently commissioned portrait of her son. It was all I could do to refrain from nosing into her business by saying, “Lemme see! lemme see!” Weeks later, I regret being so polite. She probably wouldn’t have minded my interest, in the name of art. Who can blame me for being curious to see the artwork people find and choose to incorporate into their homes?
This got me thinking that it has been nearly three years since my husband and I decorated our soon-to-be newborn daughter’s nursery with a cheery wall color and Blik decals. But in a few months our little girl will move into a new bedroom and into a big girl bed and it feels right to mark the occasion with her first piece of original artwork. My parents did this for me when I was young and years later I am still fascinated by the works they selected for me. Not only are these drawings, watercolors, and prints little windows into what my parents’ tastes were back then, they are also little hints about the kind of world they wanted to create for me. Luckily, they are good examples of the style of artwork popular at the time as well.