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An Abstract “Musical Composition”!

Abstract art is a great way to teach com­po­si­tion and the Ele­ments of Art… with­out the intim­i­da­tion that can occur when striv­ing for real­ism.  Take some musi­cal sym­bols and cre­ate a ran­dom lay­out… and have fun with it!! Mate­ri­als: 12x18 black con­struc­tion paper Oil pas­tels (we used the Pen­tel 16 color set) Direc­tions: 1. Sketch your design using […]

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Tangle Drawings

Tan­gle draw­ing by Krista, grade 4Tan­gle draw­ings are like sophis­ti­cated “doo­dles”, with an end­less vari­ety of pos­si­bil­i­ties! Visit (and its com­pan­ion Flickr site) to be inspired and see how one cou­ple has turned these sim­ple, yet sophis­ti­cated draw­ings into a world-wide craze! Vocab­u­lary: Tan­gle — a con­fused mass of some­thing that is twisted together […]

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The Elements of Art

Olive Trees with Yel­low Sky and Sun by Vin­cent Van­Gogh While explor­ing one of my favorite Art web­sites, His­tory, I came across a great expla­na­tion of the “Ele­ments of Art”. The author uses the anal­ogy of the Ele­ments of Art being like the “build­ing blocks” that artists use to cre­ate their art­work. Sim­i­lar to […]

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