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Abstract Art for Upper Elementary & Middle School
Transcript of Abstract Art for Upper Elementary & Middle School
Abstract art can use recognizable objects to help the viewer figure out what the work is about. Usually, though, it is not realistic. Sometimes is is distorted or exaggerated.
The word "ABSTRACT" means
something that does not actually exist.
Abstract art emerged around 1910 and has been the most important major change in art since then. The artist considered the "Father of Abstract Art" is Wassily Kandinsky, an artist from Russia. As his work was influenced by other trends and styles, it began to look more and more abstract.
Abstract Art is more about an idea or feeling than a realistic picture.
When we look at an abstract work of art we think things like, "a baby could paint that!" or "who would pay for that..?"
Abstract art can have many different meanings. With one artwork, each person may think of something different. Not everybody will have the same reaction or ideas.
It usually refers to a thought or an idea instead of a real object.
"Truth" or "friendship" are both ideas, not real objects. Topics like these are called "abstract ideas" because they only exist in your mind- you can't touch or see them.
We may not understand the work at first, but the artist is trying to show you an idea or feeling.
What makes this "abstract" instead of "realistic?"
Artists use the
ELEMENTS OF ART
to help convey their ideas.
The style of abstract art Kandinsky is best known for is called NON-OBJECTIVE. In non-objective art, there is no picture at all, only lines, shapes, and colors.
Kandinsky believed that colors represent emotions. Red was lively and confident; Green was peaceful with inner strength; Blue was deep and supernatural, etc.
Non- Objective Art
The techniques used to create abstract art consist of combining lines, shapes, colors, or splatters of paint, and each person develops their own style.