1.)The teacher will discuss with students what abstract art is. The teacher will show them examples of abstract art such as work from Georgia O'Keeffe, Picasso, Klee, etc. and compare with non-objective art from Mondrian, Pollock, Kandinsky, etc. Have the students discuss the similarities and differences.
2.)The teacher will talk with students about how there are different types of abstractions such as changing a picture from its original form or showing an extreme close-up so that the picture becomes abstract or ambiguous. This is similar to what Georgia O'Keeffe did with flowers.
3.)The teacher will demonstrate to the students how to use a digital camera to take close-ups of objects so that they look abstract or ambiguous. Have the students move about the room, outside, anywhere that the teacher feels comfortable letting them roam to take pictures. The trick is for them to spread out so that they do not see who is taking pictures of what.
4.)When all the students have taken at least three pictures, have them preview the pictures either on the digital camera or on the computer through the digital imaging software.
5.)Let the students pick the best of their pictures-- the one that is ambiguous but not so much so that someone couldn't guess what it was after examining it closely.
6.)Have the students pair up. Print the pictures and give them to the partners instead of the owners. The students must try to guess what it is. The students will integrate reading and writing into the project by using DANAs or AlphaSmarts to write a few sentences describing and guessing what the object is.