Abstract of a Fancy Rooster

Gesture Drawing, Part 1

Starting this week I’m teaching a unit of middle school art about line and movement using abstracts by Kandinsk, line compositions, and gesture drawing. Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian-born French abstract painter at the beginning of the twentieth century who painted compositions reflective of musical arrangements:

That is very difficult to do: we’re doing something much easier, but I still want the students to think about creating rhythm and movement using repeated lines of different weights.


Using only lines create a composition that shows movement toward a focal point and repeated lines for rhythm.

Abstract of a Fancy Rooster



  • Printer paper
  • Crayons
  • Imagination

Element: Line

Principles: Movement, Rhythm


  • Focal Point
  • Composition
  • Movement (as a principle of design)
  • Rhythm (as a principle of design)

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