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What is Abstract Art?

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Laurie Dent

on 16 September 2013

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Transcript of What is Abstract Art?

What is Abstract Art?
a few more...
What do you think of when you see these?
That's easy... I could do that? My 3 year old sister can paint better than that?
Understanding Abstraction
Abstract Art-
art that does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.
This painting is by Jackson Pollock. It's called Autumn Rhythm (1950). It was made by flinging cans of house paint onto canvas to evoke a feeling or sensation- not to represent "a thing.' His style was gestural. When asked if his title meant he was painting from nature, he said "I am nature!'
This painting is by Piet Mondrian. It is called Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942). It suggests the city's grid, the movement of traffic, and blinking electric lights, as well as the rhythms of jazz-which Mondrian was a fan of. Mondrian tried to create emotional states by using nonrepresentational line and color.
This is called Composition 8 (1923) by Kandinsky. He would use geometric shapes and vivid colors to evoke emotional states. He was inspired by music.
Traditional Styles of Painting
Most of us have seen these well known paintings before...
What will we be doing?
1. You will find a photograph of a landscape on the computer.

2. You will create and abstraction of this landscape and simplify it to a series of basic shapes (triangle, circle or square) and several colors in the photograph.

Here is an example:
Objectives for Abstract Geometric Drawing
A) Abstract a landscape by simplifying it to one geometric shape and colors (one dark, one light, one dull, one bright + Black OR White).

B) Demonstrate the use of repetition in drawing while creating a balanced, abstract composition.
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