Abstracting the Obvious

(High School Level)

This is a project students can do at home. Students will collect and repurpose colored trash as a creative way to study the color wheel and
color relationships. Students will be taken on a self-guided study of an abstract expressionist portrait from our permanent collection through an art viewing experience called See, Think, Wonder. They will then create contour drawings (a portrait, a self-portrait, and a landscape) and use their new repurposed goods as material.

Psychology of Color

● Recycled Color Wheel (adaptable classroom project included)
● See/Think/Wonder + Harold Zisla
● 3 Contour Drawings

paper, pen, glue, scissors, x-acto knives, trash

Download course instructions here.

  • 120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601
    Located in the Century Center in Downtown South Bend

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    Wed – Sun Noon–5 pm
    Closed Monday and Tuesday,
    Major Holidays and as posted

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    Members admitted free
    $5 suggestion donation

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    Providing artist accommodations for our 2021 season of exhibitions.

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