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 Rubric
After completing the color theory activities, you will listen to Richard Wagner's Lohengrin while completing an abstract squiggle design. The squiggle design will fill the entire paper and you will not be able to pick up your pencil. You can also choose to add shapes, such as triangles, squares, and circles, into your squiggle design if sections are too large to help break them down. Each section created within the squiggle design will have different color combinations; colors that are associated with your emotions and colors associated with the songs you listened to.
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 abstract design from. We 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!