Abstract Art Drawing Cards




Do you want to teach abstract art, but are not sure where to begin?  This innovative approach to creating abstract art will have your students creating some uber-cool art will minimal prep.

This versatile set of drawing cards can be used a number of ways and can fit into both traditional art classrooms and choice based, or studio based art rooms.

The basis for this lesson is that students will draw an idea from one each of the circle, dot, straight line, curved line and angled line drawing cards on their paper.  They will also add a texture and pattern from the texture and pattern idea pages, then add color.  All of the lines and shapes will intersect and create and abstract work of art. There are several variations on how students go about acquiring the cards that they will use.  I’ve spelled out several of my ideas, but I’m sure you’ll find other ways to use them as well.  There are 30 cards for each of the elements, textures, and patterns, so you are sure to have one-of-a-kind art.

The elements that the students add to their picture are based on the “5 elements of shape” taught by Mona Brooks in her book, Drawing with Children.  So if you’ve introduced your students to the 5 elements of shape, this is a superb follow-up activity.  It gives your students a chance to try using the 5 elements of shape in a non-threatening way.  Even if you are not familiar with the book, the elements of circles, dots, curved line, angled lines, and straight lines are simple and easy to draw.  No explanation about them is necessary, it’s just a bonus if you are trying to teach them already.  I’ve included a definition card for each of the elements for your word wall, or bulletin board.

Your students will:

  • Create an abstract drawing using the 5 elements of shape.
  • Add texture to their artwork.
  • Add pattern to their artwork.
  • Finish the artwork with color media.

What you get:

  • Teacher Instructions – 4 pages
  • Student Instructions – 1 page
  • Sample Page – 1 page
  • Circle Drawing Cards (30) – 8 pages
  • Dot Drawing Cards (30) – 8 pages
  • Straight-Line Drawing Cards (30) – 8 pages
  • Curved Line Drawing Cards (30) – 8 pages
  • Angled Line Drawing Cards (30) – 8 pages
  • Texture Cards (30) – 3 pages
  • Pattern Cards (30) – 3 pages

>>>>> A total of 52 pages

The texture and pattern cards art great for reference for other projects as well!

This would make an easy art sub lesson … but then you would miss all the fun!

Here is a collection of Abstract Art Lessons:


Easily download this PDF with a link that is automatically emailed to you immediately after your purchase and you can begin drawing right away! 



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