Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium

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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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Intro to Abstract Painting-Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium

  1. 1. An Intro to Abstract Painting Exercise 1: Balance and Equilibrium
  2. 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. 3. You will need: a pencil paper paint - 2 contrasting colours plus black and white
  4. 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. 5. Step 2: Select one of your colours and paint in some of your fields.
  6. 6. Step 3: Select the other colour and paint in some of your empty fields. Leave some areas empty.
  7. 7. Step 4: Using black paint, paint over some of your pencil lines.
  8. 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. 9. Step 5: Add any final details.
  10. 10. Do you feel there is balance in your composition? Why or why not?
  11. 11. Variation: You can also do this activity in reverse. Apply the strong contours (black lines) first and then paint the colour fields.
  12. 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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