I was inspired by Don Masse post on Abstract Cartoons many months ago. I was so excited to finally try it out with a small group at the arts alliance. What a hoot! I had my K Art look at realistic vs abstract art in the art gallery at the Elk River Arts Alliance to start the class off. We talked about the difference between the two styles of art. Then I had the kids work in teams to match up the following images.
I asked the K's why they thought each of them went together. They had not problem explaining that it was because of color, shape and line... GREAT... they brought me right into talking about the elements of art. Then I gave them each a inspiration cartoon. We used construction paper to cut out shapes to represent their cartoon.
This is 'A'. She is actually a 1st grader and has Mr. Kantor for an art teacher. I didn't know it but they had talked about abstract art in their art class. She really got it and was willing to move her shapes around to create a very abstract work.
This is 'B'. He is a K student and found abstract very difficult to be 'abstract'. He wanted it to 'look' right. I got him to 'shake it up a bit' by putting the eyes a little off from one another but that was as far as it was going to go.
What do you think? Please take a minute to answer these questions about when to teach abstract art to students.