Geometric abstraction

Geometric abstraction is a form of abstract art based on the use of geometric forms sometimes, though not always, placed in non-illusionistic space and combined into non-objective (non-representational) compositions. Although the genre was popularized by avant-garde artists in the early twentieth century, similar motifs have been used in art since ancient times. Geometric abstraction is present among many cultures throughout history both as decorative motifs and as art pieces themselves. Islamic art, in its prohibition of depicting religious figures, is a prime example of this geometric pattern-based art, which existed centuries before the movement in Europe and in many ways influenced this Western school. Aligned with and often used in the architecture of Islamic civilations spanning the 7th century-20th century, geometric patterns were used to visually connect spirituality with science and art, both of which were key to Islamic thought of the time.

How to Do a Cubist Style Painting

Pick kid friendly art materials. You want to choose materials that kids will find easy to work with and that won’t create a large mess.

  • Washable acrylic paints work well for painting with kids. You can also create a “painting” masterpiece with markers, crayons, or colored pencils.
  • Choose a large sheet of art paper or a notebook of paper to make your Cubist style painting.
  • You’ll also need paint brushes, and a pencil and eraser.

Choose the subject for your piece. This could be something simple like a vase of flowers or even a single flower. You’ll first draw this subject, and then use lines to break it up.

  • Choose something you have on hand. You want to practice drawing from life instead of just drawing from your imagination.
  • Practice making small sketches of your subject in a sketchbook. You want to decade exactly how you will draw it for your final painting.

Sketch your final subject drawing on your art paper. You should draw lightly with your pencil so that if you make a mistake, you can erase it and start again.

  • As you are sketching, remember that your drawing doesn’t have to be completely realistic.
  • It’s okay to overlap lines and exaggerate features. You’re just going to make it even more abstract.

Break up bigger shapes in your drawing. Use a pencil and a ruler to draw straight lines in all directions. Use your creativity to decide where to place them.

  • You don’t want large areas of blank space in your drawing.
  • You also don’t want to create too many areas with a bunch of tiny geometric shapes.

Paint the shapes in your drawing. You want to paint each of the sections you created individually. Experiment with using your brush in different directions to create texture.

  • Use black or brown paint to create thin outlines around the shapes you made.
  • Try to stick to using only a few different colors.

Display your creation. Add any final touches, and remember to sign your name on the bottom of your Cubist style painting.

  • These paintings make great decorations for children’s bedrooms.
  • They are also good gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Grandparents’ Day.