ABSTRACT DESIGN – Colour Schemes, Shape, Space

Students create an abstract design using repeated and overlapping shapes painted using a specific colour scheme.

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ABSTRACT DESIGN – Colour Schemes, Shape, Space


  • Crayola Tempera Paint
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") - 1 piece per student
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Plastic Container Lids For Palettes - several per student
  • Water Containers - 1 per student
  • Paper Towels


Step 1
  1. Cut out the templates or create 2 new shapes.
  2. Use them to create a design.
  3. Trace each template at least 5 times to compose an abstract design.
  4. As you are composing your design think about how you can:
    - overlap the shapes and place them in different directions letting some of the edges go off the paper;
    - balance the composition by making sure the shapes are evenly distributed;
    - create new shapes by overlapping shapes;

    - create new shapes because of the negative spaces.
Step 2
  1. Choose a colour scheme.
  2. Paint the design.
  3. From time to time view the painting from a distance.
    - Do the colours and shapes move your eye through the composition?
    - Does it feel balanced and comfortable to look at?

Step 3
  1. View the painting with fresh eyes.
    - How do your eyes move through the composition?
    - What comes to mind as you view the painting?

    - What effect does the colour scheme have on the composition?
    - What do you like best about your painting? Why?
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