Inquiry Focus

Abstract Art

Do not be intimidated!!! As Jackson Pollock said, "it (abstract art) should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed--after a while you may like it or you may not." Abstract art is alive and well in the Glendale Kindergarten classroom! But what is abstract art? Abstract Art is art that is not an accurate representation of a form or object. This representation can be differed in many ways including the shape, color, and form. The artist takes the object and then either simplifies it or exaggerates it using these things.

We explored colour, line, shapes and space as elements of art. With a good understanding of different shapes and colours and strong identification of these items established, children were ready to learn about abstract art. As an important portion of Kindergarten is learning colours and shapes, learning abstract art seems like a natural fit.

Students chose a piece of abstract art to examine by artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. Their task was to try and replicate the image, paying special attention to shapes and colours. Many of the students expressed their comfort with this art project since they were easily able to replicate what they observed. They found it was easier to make art out of shapes than it is to recreate a portrait or figurative piece.

This art project was created on their own art portfolio which will house their fine art projects throughout the year. One piece of work will be chosen from each child's portfolio to display for our May 5th Art Show at the ArtSpace Gallery. Students will receive their portfolio at the end of the Kindergarten year, complete with all their artwork of their first year at Glendale Elementary for their Flower Power Inquiry.

Andrew Casey and Mom

Look for the abstract art on the cover page of our beautiful portfolios. Mom and Dad or other family members should also be ensuring that they are writing about the art for each term in our portfolio. Both the students and Mrs. Patsula are writing about the art for each term. It makes for a wonderful memory of Kindergarten and this inquiry.


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