Today I asked the students to pick a an image from a magazine or book. Then, using a handmade viewfinder (a piece of paper with a small square cut out from it) they found a section on the art piece that they were particularly drawn to. By concentrating on only the square seen through the viewfinder they were able to explore the idea of mini-compositions within a larger composition and play with the idea of abstraction.
After finding the new image within the larger image, I had the students do a sketch of that section. From the sketch they created a painting in acrylic.
Here are a few examples of their work from today.