8th Grade Abstract Expressionist Selfie
Make it PERSONAL!WHO do you want to be?


Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler

  • Sensory Elements & Subject- You MAY have a vague subject like Gorky or de Kooning might, or go completely non-objective like Pollock or Frankenthaler. Consider using colors or shapes which you think represent your personality.
  • Formal Principles & Composition-DO consider things like rhythm, emphasis, contrast and balance- but don’t get too hung up on it. Remember, its more about the process than the product.
  • EXPRESSIVE QUALITIES-This is our main purpose. Try to creatively simplify & stylize “feeling” concepts, such as; Peace, Calm, Harmony, Energy, Joy, Excitement, Anger, Frustration, Fear, Loneliness, Depression, etc. You may come up with your own, instead of choosing one from this list, but if you do, be prepared to explain your choice. You may also choose more than one, if you want, or just one if you’d prefer.
  • Technique & Skills- You may use whatever media you wish, so long as you don’t waste materials and clean up 5 minutes before the end of each class period. You may even want to experiment with a variety of mixed media (a few different ones).