Robert Motherwell-Abstract Collage

In this lesson you will learn the difference between abstract, non-objective and realism. Then you will create an abstract collage in the style of American Artist Robert Motherwell.

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    Copy the Vocabulary Into Your sketchbook

    The vocabulary can go into your sketchbook OR notebook. Wherever it is easier for you to remember where the vocabulary is. It should also be easy to get to and organized. You will need your notes for a worksheet we will fill out later.

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    View at least 4 pieces of Paul Motherwell's art

    View at least 4 pieces of Paul Motherwell's art and choose a favorite. Be prepared to talk about it.

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    Watch the video below

    This is what we will be doing in class. We will not be using bags as she does, we will substitute materials for the bags. Click on the blue link below this blue box and watch the video. Be prepared to discuss.

Robert Motherwell Vocabulary

Non-objective- art that takes nothing from reality. It is created purely for aesthetic reasons. The intent of Non-objective art is to use the elements and principles of art in a way that results in a visually stimulating work.

Representational- Representational artwork aims to represent actual objects or subjects from reality.

Subcategories include: Realism, Impressionism, Idealism, and Stylization.

Abstract- aims to take subjects from reality but present them in way that is different from the way they are viewed in our reality.

Subcategories include: Minimalism, Cubism, and Precisionism





Neutral colors-review

A short article on virtual art instructor about the differences between representational, abstract and non-objective art. For those interested, not required to read.