20 Abstract Art Projects for Kids

The world of art isn’t just about recognizable objects and landscapes. Abstract art allows children to explore their creativity freely, focusing on colors, shapes, textures, and emotions rather than realistic representation.

It’s a fantastic way to develop their fine motor skills, problem-solving abilities, and self-expression.

But where do you begin? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! This list offers 20 engaging abstract art projects for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers.

So, grab your supplies, put on some music, and get ready to unleash the inner artist in your little Picassos!

Splatter Spin Art:

This classic is a messy good time! Put some paint in a dish soap container (diluted with water for younger children), secure it to the center of a cardboard circle taped to a turntable (or a paper plate on a lazy Susan). Spin away and let the paint splatter create a magnificent abstract masterpiece!

Watercolor Resist:

Let your little ones explore watercolors and create cool resist patterns. Draw shapes with a white crayon on watercolor paper. When they paint over it, the wax will resist the color, leaving beautiful white outlines.

Tape Resist Art:

Similar to the resist technique, tear strips of tape and stick them in random patterns on a canvas. Paint over it, then peel off the tape to reveal crisp negative space designs.

Scribble Art:

Young children will love this one! Encourage them to scribble freely with crayons or markers all over the paper. Once they’re done, they can use watercolors or paint sticks to create a colorful wash over the scribbles, making them come alive!

Shaving Cream Art:

This sensory experience is perfect for toddlers. Squirt shaving cream onto a tray. Let them add drops of food coloring and gently swirl them with a spoon or their fingers. Press a piece of paper onto the colorful foam and lift it carefully for a vibrant abstract creation.

Nature Collage:

Head outdoors and collect leaves, twigs, pebbles, and interesting bits of nature. Glue them onto a sturdy piece of cardboard or canvas in a visually appealing arrangement. You can even paint over them for a more abstract feel.

Coffee Filter Art:

This is a beautiful and unexpected technique. Dilute some watercolors and let your child drip them onto a coffee filter. As the colors spread and blend, a unique, dreamlike artwork emerges.

Blow Painting:

Get those lung power going! Dilute some paint in small dishes. Give your child a straw and let them blow the paint onto a paper, creating a mesmerizing burst of color and texture.

Yarn Painting:

This is a great activity for developing hand-eye coordination. Secure yarn to a piece of cardboard. Let your child dip it in paint and pull it across the paper, creating colorful lines and patterns.

Balloon Printing:

Inflate balloons and tie them tightly. Dip them in paint and gently press them onto a paper to create unique circular patterns. Experiment with different colors and overlapping prints.

String Painting:

This one requires a little more setup, but the results are worth it. Stretch some string across a canvas or large piece of cardboard in a geometric pattern. Dip string in paint and lift it off, letting the paint transfer and create cool line designs.

Texture Rubbings:

Explore the world of textures with this simple project. Find interesting textured surfaces like tree bark, fabric, or coins. Place a piece of paper on top and rub a crayon over it. The textures will be transferred onto the paper, creating a unique abstract artwork.

Salt Painting:

Watercolor and salt create a magical effect! Paint a watercolor wash on paper and sprinkle salt on it while it’s wet. As the salt dries, it absorbs the watercolors, leaving behind cool white textured patterns.

Foil Art:

This project adds a touch of shine! Scrunch up some aluminum foil and smooth it out onto a canvas. Paint over the foil with acrylics. Once dry, gently peel off the foil to reveal a dazzling metallic masterpiece.

Blind Contour Drawing:

This one helps with observation and hand-eye coordination. Have your child sit opposite you with a still life object in front of them. Instruct them to look at the object but draw on their paper without looking down. The resulting drawing will be a fun, abstract interpretation of the object.

Action Painting:

Channel your inner Jackson Pollock! Play some energetic music and let your child drip, fling, and splatter paint onto a large canvas. This is a fantastic way to express emotions and let go of inhibitions.

Marble Painting:

Put a few drops of paint in a shallow dish or tray. Add some marbles and let your child roll them around. The marbles will pick up paint and create swirling, organic patterns on the paper placed on top.

Paper Bag Stamping:

Cut out different shapes from brown paper bags. Dip them in paint and use them as stamps on a canvas or paper. Experiment with layering different shapes and colors.

Bubble Wrap Printing:

This is a fun and inexpensive way to create textured prints. Cut a piece of bubble wrap to fit your paper. Dip it in paint and press it gently onto the paper. The bubbles will create a unique, bumpy pattern.

Bonus Projects:

  • Collaborative Abstract Mural: This is a great activity for groups. Tape large sheets of paper together to create a giant canvas. Let each child contribute with their own abstract designs, creating a vibrant and collaborative masterpiece.
  • “Emotional” Art: Talk about different emotions and how they might be expressed through colors and shapes. Let your child create an abstract artwork that represents a particular emotion like joy, sadness, or anger.

Pro-Tips:

  • Protect Your Workspace: Lay down newspapers or a plastic tablecloth to avoid paint splatters on your surfaces.
  • Dress for Mess: Opt for clothes that can get paint on them, especially for younger children.
  • Embrace the Process: Focus on the fun of creating rather than achieving a specific outcome. Let your child experiment and express themselves freely.
  • Talk About Art: Discuss different abstract artists and their work. Encourage your child to come up with a title and explain their artwork after it’s done.
  • Display Their Art: Hang their creations proudly on the wall or refrigerator to boost their confidence and inspire them to create more.

With a little creativity and these fun projects, you can help your child explore the wonderful world of abstract art. Remember, there are no mistakes in art, only unique artistic expressions!

Sohaib Hasan Shah

Sohaib's journey includes 10+ years of teaching and counseling experience at BCSS School in elementary and middle schools, coupled with a BBA (Hons) with a minor in Educational Psychology from Curtin University (Australia) . In his free time, he cherishes quality moments with his family, reveling in the joys and challenges of parenthood. His three daughters have not only enriched his personal life but also deepened his understanding of the importance of effective education and communication, spurring him to make a meaningful impact in the world of education.

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