Abstract means to separate or withdraw something from something else. For example, as an artist looking at a flower to draw, instead of drawing exactly what you see, you would focus only one part of the flower such as the veins in the leaves. In the art world, abstract art does not represent anything from reality but focuses on the use of colors, gestures, shapes, and lines. This movement began in the late 1940's and is also known as non-objective art.
Kandinsky is considered to be the founder of abstract art although he originally attended Moscow University to become a lawyer. While working as a lecturer in Moscow, Kandinsky attended Richard Wagner's opera, Lohengrin , in which it inspired him to change his career path and pursue his passion of the arts. He soon began to study art in Munich and wrote a short book, Concerning the Spiritual in Art , where he focuses on how color and shapes can effect emotions in various ways. It is believed that Kandinsky had the ability to experience synesthesia, or two senses at once such as colors producing music or seeing colors when he heard music, hence the reasons most of his paintings are named after compositions.
Your Mission: Part 1
- After completing the color theory activities and the Synesthesia worksheet, you will listen to the playlist that you created while completing an abstract squiggle design. The squiggle design will fill the entire paper while never lifting the pencil from the paper!
- Once the squiggle design is completed, you can choose to add basic shapes such as triangles, circles, or squares to your squiggle design IF sections are too large and need to be broken down.
- Each section created within the squiggle design will have different color combinations based upon the chosen colors for the song you currently are listening to. As the artist, you determine whether you want your squiggle design to be colored in via random order of your playlist, OR have your squiggle design be colored from one group of emotions fading into another group of emotions. Every squiggle will narrate emotions formed from the various genres or song styles chosen.
Synesthesia Worksheet; Making a Playlist
Your Mission: Part 2 Rubric
From the list of songs you made that gave you different emotions and feelings, you will choose 1 song to create an artwork from. You will dissect the song to hear all the different colors based off the sounds and emotions that are given. Once you have the colors chosen, you will continue listening to this song and create an abstract design using lines and shapes. This design is an example of a subconscious drawing where your mind is set free and your hand and emotions do all of the work!