Create an abstract image from a series of realistically drawn objects to help students understand that abstraction can occur in varying degrees.
15 – 30 minutes
Share some examples of Macdonald’s work that demonstrate abstraction.
Briefly discuss with the class how abstraction is achieved in these works.
Ask students to make three quick line drawings of an object of their choice from three different angles. Each drawing should be on a separate sheet of sketching paper.
30 – 45 Minutes
Have students place their three line drawings on one larger sheet of paper. They can experiment with rotating their paper and arranging the pieces in such a way that the original object is not readily recognizable. They may choose to cut the original images to make their composition.
Encourage students to think about the various ways abstraction is achieved.