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Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
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Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium

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A simple abstract art exercise to introduce balance into composition. …

A simple abstract art exercise to introduce balance into composition.
(This activity was intended for grade 8 students and is for educational purposes only.)

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  • 1. An Intro to Abstract Painting Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
  • 2. Objective: To play with line, colour and composition (horizontal and vertical lines form the basis of the composition so that it is a matter of balance).
  • 3. You will need: a pencil paper paint - 2 contrasting colours plus black and white
  • 4. Step 1: Draw some vertical and horizontal lines on your paper in pencil. Make a few curved if you wish. Avoid a simple grid.
  • 5. Step 2: Select one of your colours and paint in some of your fields.
  • 6. Step 3: Select the other colour and paint in some of your empty fields. Leave some areas empty.
  • 7. Step 4: Using black paint, paint over some of your pencil lines.
  • 8. Step 5: Fill in your remaining areas. Mix your colours on your palette and on your work. Feel free to add white or solid black to a few areas.
  • 9. Step 5: Add any final details.
  • 10. Do you feel there is balance in your composition? Why or why not?
  • 11. Variation: You can also do this activity in reverse. Apply the strong contours (black lines) first and then paint the colour fields.
  • 12. This idea was taken from the book, “Painting Abstracts: Ideas, Projects and Techniques” by Rolina Van Vliet http://www.amazon.com/Painting-Abstracts-Ideas-Projects-Techniques/dp/1844483363

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