After I taught my students about all the elements and principles of art, they created non-objective artworks. They were each assigned a color scheme to work with and then told to apply the elements and principles of art to their pieces.
Before starting their work, students had to make at least three sketches. This way, students had a thought-out plan before doing their final work.
After the final art piece was completed, the students wrote artist statements to explain their process. Students had to state what inspired them, as well as what elements and principles they applied to their piece.
This project was great because it forced students to focus on the elements and principles of art rather than trying to achieve a more concrete subject matter. Students were able to use a lot of experimentation with this project which they really enjoyed.
Below are examples of students’ work:
Both of these works are examples from high school painting students.