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Creating abstract communities: high school.

The Art Problem

Students will create an abstract drawing that represents a community from a bird's-eye view.

Materials & Resources

Heavy paper, oil pastels, www. (for satellite photos of Earth), www.absolutearts. com/wolffdesigns (for abstract artworks from bird's-eye view)


1. Compare and contrast satellite photographs of the Earth to abstract artworks that represent bird's-eye view.

2. Refer to the abstract artworks to demonstrate how color, line, shape, and texture contribute to abstracted views of the Earth.

3. After the demonstration, distribute paper and oil pastels.

4. Students interpret what they see in a photograph by producing a bird's-eye view drawing with effective use of color, line, shape, and texture.


Ask how ideas about community can be expressed through art. Close with a review of the elements of art, conducting a critique of the works completed.

By Joshua Wolff, art education student at the University of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff.
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Author:Wolff, Joshua
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Date:Jan 1, 2007
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