First, I showed them pictures of Kandinsky's paintings. I told them that Abstract art is not about trying to draw an object, you just use shapes, lines, and colors to make a beautiful painting. We looked at Kandinsky's paintings and I asked them what shapes they saw. They replied: circles, triangles, squares, and bow and arrow. I then told them that we were not going to mix paint and we were going to try and keep the colors separate. I demonstrated how to dip the brush in one color, wipe off the excess paint to make a clean line, and paint. When ready to change colors, you swirl your brush in the jar of water to clean it, wipe it on the paper towel to dry the water, then dip in the new color. We also talked about choosing their brush. I showed them two brushes and asked them to describe what was different. Then I asked which one would make the skinnier or thicker lines. Each child chose one wide tip and one fine tip brush. They were also asked to choose portrait or landscape when we passed out the paper.
When asked them to talk about their paintings, many of them described the lines and movements they made instead of saying an object as they previously have described in other painting sessions. I asked them if they were painting abstract art and they all either said "yes" or didn't answer. The children were able to follow directions with over 3 steps and it seems like many of them grasped the concept of abstract art. I can see a difference between the paintings in this session, compared to what they had painted previously. The paintings are more about line, shape, and color and the children clearly intended to paint lines of separated color.