Exploring the Abstract world around us!

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Do you ever look at art and think I could have done that?!

Abstract Art by Mark Rothko 1958Abstract Art by Mark Rothko 1958

The painting to the left was created by a man named Mark Rothko in 1958 it is called "Four Darks in Red".

abstract art- art that does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.

Today we are going to explore the world of abstract art by learning how to appreciate and interpret its meaning .....there are no rules just..... iMagiNation!


By the end of this webquest, You should be able to Interpret Abstract Art by...

Knowing One Scene, Can have Varying Opinions: You have to see what the scene means to you and what emotions it evokes in your mind only. It may not be the same as anyone else’s opinion, but this will be your unique interpretation of the work.

Not allowing Outside Influences: You may hear someone else’s interpretation of an abstract art painting and then try to look for that very thing in the painting, DON'T! If you do this and cannot see it in the same manner, this may lead you to believe that you do not ‘understand’ abstract art. So you have to be conscious of the fact that you are not being influenced by someone else’s interpretation while trying to figure out a piece of abstract art.

No known title of the Abstract Art: Do not try to interpret abstract art after you have already looked at the title. This will more often than not confuse you even more. If in your mind the title does not relate to work you might be unable to see the art for what it really is (This is why galleries usually only have the title in very small print next to the piece of art). Once again try not to be convinced by any outiside influences.

Looking Beyond The Obvious: While trying to interpret abstract art, look beyond the canvas, the paints, and the colors. Do not focus on physical things such as an empty cave, the bright sun, or a racing car. Instead try to see the darkness, the energy, the brightness, and the speed that these things reflect and you will find that you finally ‘understand’ abstract art.

REMEMBER: Whichever way you choose to look at abstract art; know that abstract art is meant to bring out different emotions in people and that your way of looking at it or interpreting abstract art is not wrong, but just different!

THE Assignment:

*Give me one paragraph for each of the paintings #1, #2, #3 from the process tab and explain to me how and why you intepreted the abstract art that way. The titles of the artwork will be on the conclusion tab of the webquest so dont skip ahead!


       Painting #1                                                               Painting #2                                                                            Painting #3

Piet MondrianPiet Mondrian

Franz KlineFranz KlineWilliam De KooningsWilliam De Koonings



For Abstract Art Analysis





The intepretation

The student displayed great detail and thought with explaination.

The student showed detail but could have been more descriptive with interpretation.

The student showed little detail and thought with interpretation.

Little to no detail with art interpretation.



Full 3 paragraphs.


Almost 3 full paragraphs.

Was not 3 full paragraphs, with incomplete sentences.  

    Length standard not met.


Grammar and Punctuation

There are no spelling or punctuation errors.


There are 1-2 spelling or punctuation errors.


There are 3-4 spelling or punctuation errors.


Ther are more than 4 spelling or punctuation errors.




We have learned how to interpret Abstract art, but it has many forms and manifestations. Abstract art could be in the form of a painting or even just a blank canvas. It could be some sculpture that is nowhere close to looking like what it should or could be a pair of sneakers that have been bronzed and put up on a pedestal and labeled as abstract art.

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Painting #1  Titled- "Tableau", By Piet Mondrian                

Painting #2 Titled- "Chief" 1950, By Franz Kline                                                          

Painting #3 Titled- "Woman I", By Willem de Kooning