Fun Abstract Line Painting with Markers Level: Preschool-4


Abstract Line Painting With Markers

Art Lesson Plan by Katrina Barge



Over the years, artists continuously worked to make their artwork more realistic. They learned about perspective, shading, proportions, form, value, and various other techniques to improve their skills. But in the late 1800s, there was a shift. Artists began to embrace bold colors and shapes that were not generally being used. This began the abstract art movement, in which artists focused less on creating realistic pieces and more on creating art that they considered pure. Some abstract art can still resemble a real object or scene but in a distorted way, while other works are completely nonrepresentational. Abstract art is still prominent today and can be seen in many different forms, such as this abstract line painting.



With the help of this art lesson plan, students aged preschool to fourth grade will practice creating artwork using a variety of lines. Students will learn how to turn regular markers into watercolors using a simple technique. And this abstract line art for kids will teach students about abstract art, its origins, and how it differs from representational art.



Anchor Standard #1
-Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #3
-Refine and Complete artistic work.

Anchor Standard #4
-Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for



Students will use a Sharpie or other permanent black marker to create an image using simple lines. After students use the sharpie they can then use washable markers to create a border around areas they would like to paint. Last, students will dip their paint brush into the cup of water and then paint over the areas colored by marker. This allows colors to flow, turning the makers into watercolors. So, students will be painting with markers. Most importantly, students will have fun with this piece!


Step 1:
Take out your art paper and draw a variety of lines of your choosing with a Sharpie. Let the lines cross paths and loop in various directions. Add different widths to parts of your lines to increase variety. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to do this, it’s abstract art!

Abstract Line Painting Art Lesson Plan


Step 2:
Take your ultra washable markers and make an outline in some of the areas of your page. Feel free to keep some white. Be sure to use a variety of bright colors for the full abstract art effect.

Abstract Line Painting Art Lesson Plan


Step 3:
Using a paint brush, add water to each area to allow the water to soak up color. Try to keep each area separate. Let the paper sit to dry as water slowly begins to flow. More water will help to blend the marker paint more, but try not to oversaturate the art paper.

Abstract Line Painting Art Lesson Plan



While your students are working on their pieces, teach them these fun facts about abstract art!

  1. Although we may view abstract art as all being similar, abstract artists can usually be distinguished by their own style, much like traditional artists.
  2. Wassily Kandinsky is viewed as the pioneer of abstract art.
  3. In the United States, abstract art was most notably found first in New York.
  4. Abstract art became extremely popular in the United States right after World War II, and has always flourished in times of struggle.
  5. Other styles of abstract include Cubism, Neo-Plasticism, Expressionism, and Geometric Abstraction.


Russian artist Kasimir Malevich is known for popularizing the abstract art form of Suprematism. And his work is currently being featured in the Museum of Modern Art. If you can get there, you should definitely take a look at his pieces!


*Don’t forget to put student name and year on the drawing, at least one inch away from the outside border.*

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Required Materials

  • 01Display My Art drawing paper
  • 02Black Sharpie
  • 03Crayola Washable Markers
  • 04Paint brush
  • 05Water cup
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