Dobbins Elementary students make abstract art

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Butler's Good Neighbors program teaches children about art through activities and field trips. The students take a pre-test and a post-test before and after the program. During the program the children take two field trips to the Butler Institute of American Art and have lessons about different art styles. Pictured, Dobbins student Ava Day demonstrated what she learned about abstract art through her own drawing.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Representatives from the Butler Institute of American Art visited Dobbins Elementary on Feb. 23 for a monthly art lesson as a part of the Good Neighbors program the Butler runs. The program teaches young students about art.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Representatives from the Butler taught the Dobbins Elementary students about abstract art. The defined what makes a work of art abstract and then designed their own abstract art.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Dobbins Elementary students drew abstract faces. The students created their abstract works by beginning with shapes and attempting to draw a familiar object but either simplified or exaggerated. Pictured are, from left, Madalin Rabatin and Nathan Sosnosky holding their abstract portraits.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Good Neighbors program run by The Butler Institute of American Art taught the Dobbins Elementary students about abstract art on Feb. 23. Previous lessons focused on portraits, still life, seascapes, landscapes and genre paintings.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Dobbins Elementary School invited representatives from the Butler Institute of American Art to the school on Feb. 23 to teach an art class.

The Butler has a Good Neighbors program where they travel to schools each month to explain different forms of art. This month’s lesson focused on abstract paintings.

The Good Neighbors program allows elementary students to learn about art through an in depth series of lessons. The students take a pre-test on what they already know at the start of the program. Then, they take a field trip to the Butler, receive several lessons and take another field trip. At the end of the program, the students take a post-test to gage what they learned in the program.

The abstract lesson was the sixth project that the students worked on with the Butler. They previously covered a portrait, still life, seascape, landscape and genre art.

The representatives from the Butler went over the elements of an abstract work of art. Then, the students searched a packet that the Butler gave them at the start of the program. They looked for a picture that matched the elements that the Butler representatives explained. They then pasted the picture on a page and wrote the definition of abstract works.

The students proceeded to draw their own abstract art, which looks like a real object, but either simplifies or exaggerates the qualities of the object. The students made a portrait of a person, but they used shapes to alter the way the face looked.

The students explained how their works were abstract in their packet. After the lesson, the students packed away their art projects and prepared for dismissal.

The students will be heading to the Butler Institute of American Art soon for their second field trip to the museum. The Good Neighbors program has worked with Dobbins Elementary for many years.

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