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Abstract art also deals with psychological responses. It is sometimes
difficult to respond to things that we cannot readily identify.
An interesting project is to have students draw with their eyes closed while
they listen to different types of music--classical, jazz, pop, etc. You
might want to show them some of Kandinsky's work to introduce this project.
They are to draw how the mucic makes them feel. They always feel giddy and
silly with their eyes closed. Try it with eyes open. Try it with using only
straight lines. Try it with using only curved lines. Draw with left hand.
After several of these warmups, they choose one to paint by filling in the
shapes created with a color scheme of their choice. Makes for an interesting
I would like to know if this works for you.