LINES AND SHAPES – Abstract Art, Measurement

Students create a design by using a ruler to draw overlapping line segments and then colouring in the shapes they have created. Later they compare their designs with an abstract painting by Wassily Kandinsky.

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LINES AND SHAPES – Abstract Art, Measurement


  • Crayola Washable Markers
  • Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Rulers - 1 per student


Step 1
  1. Decide how long your lines will be, e.g., 13 cm.
  2. Use a ruler to draw line segments.
  3. Start at the end of the ruler at number 1.
  4. Stop at number 13.
  5. Make at least 10 lines all the same length – 13 cm.
  6. Let the lines cross over each other.
Step 2
  1. Look for shapes created by the overlapping lines.
  2. Use construction paper crayons to colour in the shapes.
Step 3
  1. View the work of Wassily Kandinsky.
    - How is your design the same as Kandinsky's?
    - How is it different?
  2. Look at your design with fresh eyes.
    ​- What colour did you use the most of?
    - How many different shapes did you colour?
    - What do you like the best about your design? Why?
    - Who would love your design? Why?
  3. Give your design a title.

Untitled Composition by Wassily Kandinsky, 1922, watercolour and India ink on paper, 12.4" x 14.5"

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