Look at the related works of art with students and explain that abstract art does not represent recognisable places, people or things. In abstract art, artists use elements like line, texture, colour, shape and tone to create moods and effects.
- Describe the colours in each of the works – are they bright or dull?
- Which shape families are used? Are they rounded, geometric, sharp, smooth, long, thin or angular?
- How are the shapes used? Are they layered, bunched together or spread out?
- Which mood do the shapes and colours create?
Bright colours and round shapes might make the picture look lively, friendly and happy. Shapes bunched together might make the work feel busy.
- What do the works make you think about and why? For example, they might remind you of a patchwork blanket or a busy freeway.