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The Easiest Abstract Art Project For Kids

Do you want an easy art project that can still help children understand the elements and principles of art? Take a dot on a walk and see what you can create in this classic art lesson kids love.

3 abstract art line and color drawings and paintings.

Why You Will Love This Art Idea


  • KID FRIENDLY – Super easy for any age child to create.
  • CAN MODIFY SUPPLIES – You can do this as a drawing or painting or add some 3-D element.
  • HELPS TEACH BALANCE – When adding color, children can learn about using art principles to create artwork.

Supplies You’ll Need

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  • Drawing Paper (any size)
  • Black Crayon
  • Watercolor Paint or Tempera Cakes
  • Water
  • Large Paint Brush

Art Elements And Principles For Kids

Here are a few easy ways to explain the art elements and principles kids use.

  • LINE – a dot that goes on a walk.
  • SHAPE – lines that connect.
  • COLOR – light reflecting. When light reflects off an object, a hue is produced.
  • BALANCE -Try to make things weigh the same on the page. You don’t want it to look like an uneven scale with all the red or large shapes on one side. Here is a quick Youtube video that might help kids get it.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION – Read this book, Lines That Wiggle, for a fun introduction to lines for young children.

Other ways you could make this art project more advanced:

  • add different values, shades, and tints in the shapes
  • create patterns

Easy Abstract How-To

STEP 1: Create A Continous Line Drawing

Starting on one side of the page, draw a line that is going on a curvy walk. You want the lines to criss-cross to make medium to large shapes.

collage of countinous line drawing on white paper.

STEP 2: Add Extra Lines If Needed

If a child did not make enough shapes, they can add extra lines.

Step 3: Add Color

You can paint your shapes and colors with markers, colored pencils, or crayons. Have fun and create a balanced painting or drawing. In this example, we used watercolor paints to add color.

collage of hand painting abstract art with watercolor paint.

Tips

  • When drawing a line with young children, have them add a dot on both sides so they know they need to connect the dots with the curvy line.
  • If painting, paint shapes that are not touching first. This will help stop the color bleeding into each other.
  • Press hard with the black crayon. The wax line will help resist your paint.
  • If you are doing this abstract art lesson as a drawing only, use 9″ x 12″ or smaller paper.
  • This is a great early-finisher project idea that can be repeated over and over with different results.
green, blue and purple watercolor shapes on a paper.

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The best part of this idea is that it is perfect for preschoolers and up. They will love creating colorful abstract shape art.

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Easy Abstract Art Lesson For Kids

Take a dot on a walk to make this easy abstract art project for kids.
Print Tutorial
3 abstract art line and color drawings and paintings.
Prep:2 minutes
Creating:15 minutes

Equipment

  • Water
  • Watercolor Paint Brush

Supplies

  • Watercolor Paint
  • Black Crayon
  • Drawing Paper

Instructions

  • Draw a countinous line with a black crayon. Starting on one side of the page, draw a line that is going on a curvy walk. You want the lines to crisscross to make medium to large shapes.
  • Use watercolor paint to fill in the shapes you made.

Notes

  • When drawing a line with young children, have them add a dot on both sides so they know they need to connect the dots with the curvy line.
  • If painting, paint shapes that are not touching first. This will help stop the color bleeding into each other.
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