Self Expression – How to make Abstract Art

Express Yourself!

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Welcome back to our Abstract Art day… this afternoon, I would like you to make a big abstract piece of art, using the work we did this morning, and looking at all the artists we’ve been exploring. This work should express a part of yourself! 

Don’t forget my Process Art post too, which has lots of ideas for different ways to paint and make art! 


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How to Start

What You Might Need: 

  • Paper, card, wood, canvas or something else 
  • Paints, pens, crayons
  • Coloured paper  
  • Scissors and glue 
  • Masking tape or electrical tape 
  • Printmaking materials to make circles with, such as corks, bottle tops or cookie cutters. 
  • Collage materials
  1. Choose a surface to paint on – it could be a large piece of paper or card, wood, a canvas, or something else you have at home. 
  2. Decide what to express in your picture. It could be a feeling, an experience, one of your favourite things, or even yourself. 
  3. Think about the style or technique you want to try. Is it a Mondrian style geometric painting, or a Pollock inspired paint splattering. Perhaps its a mix of a few styles… 
  4. Now choose what materials you are going to use, and what colours represent what it is you are trying to express… 
  5. Get to work! Have fun, and don’t forget to share what you make… 

Be Proud

Be proud of what you have made, even if it didn’t turn out exactly how you imagined. We learn from doing, and you might have created something you never knew could by making a mistake, or by an experiment turning out differently to how you thought! Display your picture, and don’t forget to sign it! 

A Little Light Reading

Today your reading is being read to you! Enjoy the lovely, empowering book, The Dot by Peter. H. Reynolds… 

Journal Prompts

As usual, be sure to reflect on the work you have made today.

 

  • Did you find it hard or easy to do abstract art?
  • What challenges did you face?
  • What did you enjoy the most? 
  • Did you learn anything about yourself? 
  • Are you proud of your work? 
  • Did you make a mistake that actually turned out really well? 
  • What would you do differently next time?

If you want some extra prompts, try these: 

  • Write a poem about your painting, or that elaborates on the story you told in your painting… 
  • Sketch a quick Mondrian or Ellsworth Kelly style square on your page, and fill the white squares with words that express you! 
  • Go crazy and scribble scribble scribble all over your page! 
Hope you have had fun with this… come back tomorrow for some Eyes, and a super challenge for the end of the week! 
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Katherine is a mixed media artist, art teacher, writer, designer, photographer – and mum of 2 – who works and lives in North Devon, nestled in the woods on a little smallholding. She has a BA in Performance Studies, an MA in Fine Art, and an MFA in photography, alongside a background in early years childhood and special education. Katherine uses her artistic talents, passion for helping people, and unique creativity to create articles, courses and classes that promote creativity, artistic skills, self expression and well-being. She believes in the power of the creative arts and how engaging with them can improve so many aspects of life.
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