> I also want to say that not all non representational art is abstract
> art according to my definitions, and I was wondering what the words
> "abstract art" mean to those of you who teach it.
Here is how I define abstract art to my students:
Abstract--the elements of an object are more severely distorted, broken
down ("cut apart"), and rearranged. Some recognizable elements still
This stage is the third in a series of four; they work with one object
for the series and gradually break it down visually into nonobjective.
The stages are Realistic, Stylized, Abstract, Nonobjective.