Art meets informational text with this math-integrated drawing activity that focuses on geometry vocabulary and the art elements line, shape, color, and space. Students use their listening skills and have the opportunity to use and interpret math vocabulary to create an abstract design. The lesson is adapted from an activity from the book Drawing With Children, by Mona Brooks. It has been revised and expanded to focus on math vocabulary.
After looking at art by Wassily Kandinsky, students respond to verbal directions to draw various lines and shapes to create their abstract composition. Teachers can observe and assess students’ understanding and use of geometry terms as they draw.
Accuracy with math vocabulary during the drawing process is not essential for student success in creating these interesting, non-representational abstract drawings.This lesson requires little preparation and produces colorful, attractive results. Students of all abilities can be successful with this lesson.
Kandinsky-inspired Abstract Art is bundled with two other lessons in Abstract Art for Kids
This lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for the art activity itself
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing the art of Wasily Kandinsky
- a suggestion for extending the lesson with writing
- photographs of student work
- photograph of student response chart
• About Wassily Kandinsky - informational text artist biography
• Thinking about Wassily Kandinsky - a “draw and write” response worksheet
• More Thinking About Abstract Art - an art reflection worksheet
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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