abstract PROCESS ART

Process art is all about the process. Encourage the students to be creative, think out of the box and not to hold back. There shouldn’t be a white spot left on the canvas once they are done!  

You can start your class with a fun ice-breaker. 

Let’s all brainstorm some ideas how we can treat our mothers/ fathers this weekend? 

Pass a ball/ soft toy or pompom around and give everyone a chance to give an idea.

What is your favourite thing about your mom?

Go around again.

Make up more questions, for the moms as well, be creative! 

Who knows what abstract art is?

Abstract art is modern art which does not represent images of our everyday world. It has colour, lines, shapes and forms, but they are not intended to represent objects or living things.Explain that abstract art portrays what an artist feels and thinks, rather than what he or she sees. An abstract artist uses colours and shapes to express his or her emotions and ideas. 

Explain what abstract art is not, by showing examples of realistic art. These art pieces look like replicas of their subject matter and are easy to recognize. Save images of realistic and abstract art on your phone and hold your phone/ laptop or iPad up for everyone to see. Children readily grasp the concept of abstract art when explained in simple terms and illustrated with visuals. Ask the kids to call out the objects in each painting or drawing as soon as they recognize them.

During the crafting time.

Tell them to think about what they are drawing and consider what colours they are going to use and where they are going to draw shapes and patterns. Give them freedom to draw in their own ideas as well, they don’t have to stick to the plan (it is merely a guideline), encourage them to express their emotions and thoughts. 

After class:

Time to debrief! Have a discussion after class and ask them what they thought whilst they were creating, did they have any emotions and feelings and most importantly did they have fun? 


Materials required:

  1. Canvas

  2. x2 printouts

  3. Pencil

  4. Paper plates

  5. Straws

  6. Fork

  7. Pastel crayons

  8. Watercolour paint

  9. Acrylic ink

  10. Acrylic/ school paint

  11. Paint brush

  12. Jar of water

  13. Hand towel, to dry the canvas, brush and to

    clean painted fingers

  14. School or wood glue, felt balls, feathers,

    paper scraps (optional)



step by step:

Scared that you will forget some of the steps? Download and print a step by step  "cheat sheet" to keep handy whilst presenting your class. Download the PDF here. 

Printout 1, Printout 2.