Non-Objective Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

As your students are studying modern art, consider introducing them to non-objective art. This lesson includes a group activity to compare non-objective art to other genres and a partner activity to create non-objective art.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the characteristics of non-objective art
  • compare non-objective art to other types of art
  • describe the artists, and their work, that influenced the field of non-objective art
  • create a piece of non-objective art


2 hours


  • Blocks (geometric shapes)
  • Examples of representational art
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Poster board
  • Construction paper
  • Art supplies (paint, markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue, etc.)

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

For additional art specific standards, please note that each state has different standards for art. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment

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