For this 2/3rd grade Project we were inspired by the work of Artist Paul Klee, and in a way the music of Michael Jackson.
The students first learned all about Artist Paul Klee, Abstract art and Symbolism. Then the listened to the first 30 seconds of Smooth Criminal by MJ. The students were asked to draw what they heard. The music had a lot of hard and soft beats allowing them to create different lines and symbols to express what they heard. Then they bolded the lines with black paint. To finished and perfect their coloring skills they were to use markers to fill in all of the white space around the painting using different blocks of color and only coloring going in ONE direction a task difficult for most 2nd and 3rd graders to grasp.
Below are examples of they samples of symbols i had on the board, students in progress work, and finished student work... over all a fun colorful project the students seemed to really enjoy!