Abstract Expression for Middle School: Painting like de Kooning

A series of lessons on the art of Willem de Kooning, a Springs icon, by artist Janet Jennings, expanded students’ visual world as they learned about abstract composition, brushwork and line.  The students painted in color and in black and white, then photographed their paintings, and then reduced the photograph to an abstract composition within the original.  A representative sample of the pictures were reproduced and mounted on board for student art festivals at the local Guild Hall and the Parrish Art museums. 

Here’s a gallery of the students work: