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Abstract Face Project

Many children have a natural tendency to draw small. I like to direct them in this easy abstract art project to have their art touch all the sides of the paper to counteract this.

easy abstract art

easy abstract art

I’ve used this drawing with tempera paint, but thought I’d also post a watercolor version that includes colorful crayon lines and patterns.


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Prep: Print tutorial for each student.

  1. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases.
  2. Students follow the tutorial to draw the face in pencil.
  3. The face is traced with a black marker.
  4. Lots of lines and patterns are added with crayons.
  5. Watercolor paints are used to fill in all the sections of the face. The more colors, the better.
A talented kinder starts her painting with watercolor.
An Abstract Face with tempera paint