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Creative Thinking Prompt: Abstract Art



Creative Thinking Prompt: Abstract Art

Abstract art is a painting or sculpture that doesn’t depict an accurate representation of reality. Instead the artwork is composed of different colors, shapes, brushstrokes, and sizes. For Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944), leader of the abstract art movement, colors provoked emotions. Red meant lively and confident whereas green was peaceful.

Make a list of colors. Next to each color, write an emotion that color makes you feel. Paint an abstract painting using colors from your color list.

Think Deeper: Imagine Colors as Sounds

Kandinsky also assigned sounds of instruments to colors. Red sounded like a trumpet. Light blue sounded like flute. Imagine colors as sounds. Fold a piece of paper in half. On one side, write a list of colors. On the other side, write a list of instruments. Draw a line from a color to an instrument.

To learn more about abstract art, visit http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/a/abstract-art