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Abstraction—Writing About Abstract Art

Video: Looking at Painting, Program 3: “Abstraction”
Segment: Ideas/Process, Touchstones, and Furthermore
In-cue: Start at the “Ideas/Process” title (approx. time 18:47).
Out-cue: Stop at the end of the video.
Segment Length: about 36 minutes
Length of Lesson: 2 class periods

Questions To Guide Your Instruction
Ask these questions of your students at the beginning of the first class period:

  1. Have you observed a variety of ways to create abstract paintings?
  2. If you were an abstract painter, how would you approach the work?
  3. In the first segment of this video, two of the artists were influenced by the shapes, forms, colors, and textures in creeks and creek beds. Can you think of something in your life you could delve into for inspiration for abstract work?

Students will observe and discuss ways to approach painting in an abstract manner.

Kentucky Core Content for Assessment:
AH-H-4.1.31, AH-H-4.1.34, AH-H-4.2.31, AH-H-4.2.39

Critical Vocabulary:
space, line, form, movement, pattern, emphasis, unity, composition, rhythm, geometric painting

Instructional Strategies and Activities
Write the names of the five artists featured in this video on the board:

Show the video segment described above. Have the students take notes on where the artists got ideas for their work and the processes used to create the work. Have students summarize what they learned about idea sources and processes. Then have them think carefully about the five artists and decide which ones work in a more controlled, planned manner and which ones work in a more spontaneous, subconscious way. Have them decide whether any of the artists work in both manners at various times and explain their decision in writing.


Looking at Painting, Program 3: “Abstraction”

Assessment and Scoring Guide
Distinguished: Student successfully completes the writing assignment, making thoughtful observations about the artists’ processes.
Proficient: Student completes the assignment, making note of the processes.
Apprentice: Student attempts to complete the writing and attempts to take notes.
Novice: Student does not complete the assignment and takes few or no notes during the showing of the video.

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