“MY GUIDING FORMULA FOR TEACHING ABSTRACT ART IN MY ART ROOM”
I love Abstract Art. I love the variety of deeper meanings found while observing it. I love the thinking it takes to interpret it. I love how students make abstract art that adults can’t understand, almost like a secret language between artists.
However, I’ve never really found many resources on how to actually teach it.
So after a much experimentation in the art classroom, I discovered a quick formula to help guide my teaching of Abstract Art.
Here it is:
THEME + TECHNIQUE + CONCEPT…^This formula combines the “thinking” with the “doing.”
It’s a formula that checks all the boxes:
- … enhancing divergent creative thinking, check.
- … applying artistic technique, check.
- … awareness of design concepts, check.
WHAT DO I MEAN BY THEME + TECHNIQUE + CONCEPT ?
THEMES: THE IDEAS
Words that can be vaguely interpreted. Going from literal at first, and getting more abstract as time passes and student comfort builds.
CONCEPTS: THE PRINCIPLES or ELEMENTS
The main focus for the Principles of Design and/or Elements of Art that you plan to cover and translating them to the process of creating the specific project.
TECHNIQUES: THE PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCT
The skills and tips for using the chosen medium in the process of creating the resulting product/project.
Depending on the style of Abstract Art I’m teaching, I modify the formula to make it more specific. You can read an explanation on how I make it work for 2D Collage Projects in the Art Room here.
When ‘teaching’ something which seems it can’t truly be ‘taught’, it’s always good to rely on the guidance of a tried and true formula that helps develop a concept, theme and process to make the lesson work for your young artists in a somewhat structured way.
If you’ve heard of another method, or have additional advice, feel free to let us know in the comments below. 🙂