Abstraction is often a process, one that can take its roots in the artist’s world experience. There are many examples of abstract pieces with figurative titles that point at the transformation that occurred. There are many ways to go from the object to its abstract representation: for example, trying to express a movement, scaling up a detail, deconstructing, using geometric shapes, etc. In this workshop students explore how to go from real life to the abstract. In particular, focusing on technique is one way to move towards abstraction. (For instance, using a watery technique can literally dilute the outline of the object.) We will draw on the technique dictionary to explore abstraction as a process.
Project: students pick a theme (driving a car in the forest), an object (a leaf), or even themselves for a self-portrait, and they produce an abstracted version of their choice. Their work can include figurative elements or no figurative elements at all. The figuration can make an appearance in the title or not. Students are encouraged to use techniques from their dictionaries to develop the abstraction.
Appropriate Grade Levels:
9 - 12
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