UNIT 1

A World of Wonder

Exploring Patterns & Abstraction in Art

Lesson 1

Learning Activity 1

Watch the video below to see how an animator turned a painting into an animation by combining art, music & technology.

Learning Activity 2

Look at the art work below.

What do you see?

Let's talk describe the art work using the following Visual Qualities.

What are the different types of lines you can see in the artwork?

What are the different types of shapes you can see in the artwork?

What are the different types of colours you can see in the artwork?

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Composition VIII (1924)

Wassily Kandinsky

Composition VIII offers an abstract contrast between calm and chaos, through shapes and lines. Produced in 1923 by Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, the painting consists of a variety of geometric shapes, colours, straight and curved lines set against a background of cream that melds at certain points into areas of pale blue.

 

The use of circles, grids, rectangles, semicircles, triangles and other mathematical forms in the artwork is consistent with the painter's belief in the mystical properties of geometric shapes while the colours on display are chosen for their emotional impact. Kandinsky, who had been fascinated with colour since an early age and considered them to have transcendental properties, wished to explore an interrelation between sound and colour that would allow a painter to produce an artwork in a similar manner to how a musician composes a song.

Art Challenge

Kandinsky created multiple masterpieces using just lines, shapes and colours. Let's try to the same.

 

Listen to your teacher and Using the a combination of different geometric shapes, sketch a series of abstract compositions. 

Duration: 

30 minutes

 

Art Medium: 

- A4 Cartridge Paper

- Pencil

- Ruler

Artwork 1

1) Draw a triangle on one corner of your paper

2) Next, draw a circle on the opposite corner of the triangle.

3) Draw a big four sided shape in the middle of your paper.

4) Draw 2 different types of lines anywhere in your artwork.

Artwork 2

1) Draw a circle on one corner of your paper

2) Next, draw a  square on the opposite corner of the circle.

3) Draw a big triangle in the middle of your paper.

4) Draw 2 different types of lines anywhere in your artwork.

Artwork 3

1) Draw a four sided figure on one corner of your paper

2) Next, draw 2 big circles (inside one another) on the opposite corner.

3) Draw a big triangle  that overlaps all three shapes.

4) Draw 2 different types of lines anywhere in your artwork.

Artwork 4

Create your own composition using a combination of different lines and shapes.