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Abstract Exercise

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Abstract art is a form of modern and postmodern art that focuses on the power of each individual work to express compositions in a new way. Creative work in this style is usually non-representational, the artist’s forms may vary from a small degree of inaccurate representation of images to total abstraction.

Our classrooms were filled with paint and abstraction this past week as we were inspired to create our own non-representational art. Students started with an underpainting using different colours of red and orange to fill their page. Next we created texture by applying a scrap piece of paper over the wet paint and pressing down to remove and mix the colours. We then created a composition with white, yellow and black and a small pop of blue.

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Cypress Tree Landscape inspired by Van Gogh

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

– Vincent Van Gogh

Road with Cypress and Star by Van Gogh inspired our project today.

Road with Cypress and Star

We started our session learning about the fascinating life of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most famous painters in modern art.

Van Gogh’s bold brush strokes and vibrant colours make his paintings appear to have movement and capture the vibrant spirit of his subject.

We used a lot of paint and brush strokes to capture movement in our own works, take a look:

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Georgia O’Keeffe – Ladder to the Moon

“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

– Georgia O’Keeffe

We were inspired by the great American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe and her painting, Ladder to the Moon. It is one of her later works, painted in 1958 when she was seventy-one. The students liked the dream-like quality of the piece and learned about oil pastel resists and watercolour washes. The gold paint really sparkles.


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Caspar Friedrich and a Moody Sky

“I have to stay alone in order to fully contemplate and feel nature.”

Caspar Friedrich

Our grade 1 -3 class learned about the artist, Caspar Friedrich, a German landscape painter. He is most famous for his work featuring contemplative figures silhouetted against a night sky.

The students created a moody night sky by blending their colours right on their canvas and finished the piece with an inukshuk.

I really love the colours and the contrast…

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