Abstract Shapes and Colors

Explore non-representational, abstract art through use of color and design.

Level: Intermediate

Van Aken Product(s):
Jazz liquid tempera, Jr. Jazz 'truly washable', Jazz School, or Jazz Gloss



  • Jazz paint in assorted colors
  • thick white paper
  • assorted paint brushes and/or markers
  • scissors
  • glue, paste, rubber cement
  • paint trays
  • water
  • newspaper


  • cover work area with newspaper
  • paint entire paper surface with colors and designs of choice and let dry
  • cut out different shapes
  • glue shapes onto second sheet of paper in desired pattern and allow to dry
  • accentuate favorite features with a markers or paint brushes

Handy hints:
Paint that is too thick may crack and fall off of the paper after drying. Encourage freedom of expression without concern for it looking like something. Music makes a nice accompaniment with this project.