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3 Challenges of The Creative Process

Art?? Why Art in School

Art Graduation and Achievement Projects

Art Skills Map forTeachers

Art Skills, Skills for Art Proficiency

3 Challenges of The Creative Process

7, 8 Art Class Assignments

Art Links to some Great Art on Net

 Artsmart Know things

Artwork by Students

Art Ideas -Concepts to Aid Creativity

  Basics of Composition Organization in Art

Beginning A Picture, Checklist

Class 7, design, " breakup"

Clay Projects EZ
Additional Clay Designs slab and coil

Cropping, finding a Picture Inside a Picture

Little Things Make Interesting Pictures 

 Discovery &  Invention things which enhance creativity

Drawing Assignments, 

Fantasy & Imagination, Exercises 

General Info for New Students

How to Transform 2d to 3d

How to look at Art 

Developing Ideas for Art
Ideas that follow Themes
Idea Development in Art

Index of Design Lessons

Judging  Good Art?

Learning to Look at Art, Part one
Learning to Look at Art, Part Two

 Painting and Color  Assignments

Picture Analysis

Pinkmeister's   Page

Pinkmeister's Art Links

Students at Work or - -

Themes Styles

Wheaton Minnesota Area Schools
Charles Pinkney, Art Instructor

Ideas from  
see art design standard: Abstracted Symbols


"Modern Art" began when artists began to depart from the natural appearance of things (realism) and imagine new kinds of expression. Inspired by the late work of Cezanne, Picasso with his friend George Braque, pioneered abstraction methods in 1907. Thereafter, cubism evolved into many forms for decades after.

Cubism used some of the methods which are shown on this page.

        Overlapping images
        Simultaneous views
        Faceting surfaces
        Distortion and exaggeration
        Figure and Ground experiementation
Breaking up Spacial areas is the modern art approach to drawing and painting.  Through abstraction we become aware that  the whole picture space is important to the visual whole.  Break up is the first task of design. The skilled artist thinks about the whole picture.  Each and every square inch has to be thought of in respect to the other parts.



Abstraction: Basic Methods

Overlapped forms produce spacial areas


 Repeat Similar Shapes or Forms with overlapping


Intersecting Lines of Symmetry
divide space and penetrate objects


 Repeat and Overlap Shapes which are Unlike
Feel free to Reinterpret the shape or Distort the shape

 Break up Space with a Figure and Background type of pattern. (this means that both dark and light areas or shapes are of equal importantce.  This is called a Positive  - Negative design. Or Figure and Field Design.

Faceting is done by using more or less strait line segments to interpret the subject. After drawing segmented countours (edges) one connects the points of the line segments together. Finally add tone or color to each section (or surface). Color or tone changes as it moves from one side to the other. In the first example use see the breakup into faceted areas, In the second you will see how color was introduced to produce a cubistic interpretation. Picasso and Bracque used this method in the early 1900s as they developed Cubism. They were inspired by Cezanne and African Sculpture.




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