Abstracted Common Objects

I like this idea so much, I actually have it as a project idea for Drawing and Painting. For this project, you will choose a common object like an orange or a football and morph it in someway to create abstracted art. Unfamiliar with abstract art? Check this out:

Now, abstract doesn’t necessarily mean non-objective. I do not want you to make non-objective art for this. Jackson Pollock is a great example of non-objective.

Convergence by Jackson Pollock

While Jackson Pollock is one of the greats, your work must include an object. Check out this awesome example:

It’s an orange but unpeeled like that it looks like a flower. However, there is an eyeball inside and the orange sections mimic an eyelid or perhaps just the eye veins. Either way this is a successful representation of this project. Even the color in this image is awesome. Do you recognize what kind of scheme it is? Complementary. That complementary scheme makes the image come alive. Don’t forget to think about color when you are creating your work.


  • Create a composition by selecting a common object and generating an abstraction of it.
  • Design a composition that expresses your knowledge of the Elements and Principles of design.
  • Complete work with best practice use of media and good craftsmanship.


  • Drawing Class: Colored Pencil, Oil Pastel
  • Painting Class: Acrylic or Oil Paint (for oil paint you must have completed 2 acrylic paintings and gain permission to try oil)

Check out the following video for a lesson on beginning blending:

This video explains oil pastel techniques:

Here is a really nice oil pastel drawing from beginning to end:

Check out this Informational Site for Techniques for oil pastel tips and tricks.

Beginner colored pencil shading video:

Nice tutorials on different blending techniques for colored pencils:

Acrylic Painting Techniques:

Learning Standards   

Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. VA:Cr1.1.I  a. Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors. VA:Cr1.2.III a. Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

 Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.    VA:Cr2.1.I a. Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.    VA:Cr2.1.II a. Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.  VA:Cr2.2.I a. Explain how traditional and nontraditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

Anchor Standard 3: Revise, refine, and complete artistic work.  VA:Cr3.1.II a. Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, reengage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.  a. Analyze, select, and curate artifacts or artworks for presentation and preservation.

Anchor Standard 8: Construct meaningful interpretations of artistic work.  a. Construct meaningful interpretations, supported by evidence, of an artwork or collection of works through describing and analyzing feelings, subject matter, formal characteristics, artmaking approaches, contextual information, and key concepts.