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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: 12×18 black construction paper Oil pastels (we used the Pentel 16 color set) Directions: 1. Sketch […]

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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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