Understanding abstract art can be difficult. In this painting unit students explore how abstraction does or does not convey meaning. They will study the ideas behind the rise of abstraction and make their own abstract paintings using geometrical forms to see if it is possible for an artwork to have meaning without the use of narrative or metaphor.
This full unit includes:
- Art History/Theory, Studio and Electronic Assessment Portfolio components
- Unit Objectives, Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions
- Outline with an introduction to each component with suggested sequence and timeline
- Modifiable written assignment to develop analytical thinking about art
- Studio Assignments with Idea/Skills Development and Final Product Applications
- Assessment rubrics with Common Core Anchor Standards/8 Studio Habits alignment
- Links to Online Supporting Resources
- Student Pack folder with all electronic student handouts
- Teacher notes and hints based on practical experience from teaching these units
You can preview the main supporting video in this unit, Formalism - What is it? Why does it matter?