Project Description

Abstract Art has been a part of human heritage for millennia, but we have only recently begun to really explore what abstract Art means to us. This class will explore the power abstract Art has on the mind, heart, and imagination. We will learn how to approach an abstract Artwork and how abstraction can lead to representation in this important exploratory experience.

Final Product
Drawing: Each student will have a diagram of their making showing various colors they mixed and a finished drawing on Bristol board from 8 x 10 to 9 x 12 inches.

Painting: Each student will have a diagram of their making showing various colors they mixed and a finished painting on canvas or wood from 4 x 4 inches to 8 x 10 inches.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Students will connect with color and form in a way not usually explored with representational painting, while learning similarities between the two approaches.
  • Students will learn about color mixing, optical mixing, composition, and the idea of exploring a painting’s meaning by looking at it from different angles and perspectives.
  • Students will engage their imaginations to find new and fun ways to explore shading, perspective, shape and color with the freedom representational boundaries and discover an important part of our shared heritage as human beings.

Suggested Grades

  • Can be adapted for all age groups.

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 3 hours per classroom
  • Materials: $2.00 per student for Drawing, $4.00 per student for painting
  • Travel from Eugene

**4j schools choosing this residency through the ArtSpark program will be required to pay a small portion of the material fees and prep hours**

Learn more about Will Paradis here!

Why I teach art:

“I teach because I have something to share, something I learned from years of Artmaking. Teaching, sharing ideas and methods to help another’s journey, is an important calling for an Artist and one I am happy to answer. I want my passion for Art inspires others.”  -Will Paradis

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